Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) has continued to struggle to wrangle the votes necessary to lock up the Speaker of the House role due to Republican’s slim majority in the House and holdouts from America First loyalists such as Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.).

He has attempted to negotiate with conservative hardliners to secure their votes by promising to take a strong stance on the southern border and by holding Biden accountable during his tenure.

Still, some Representatives have resisted his bid to become Speaker.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, Gaetz said that Republicans who support McCarthy are being bought off by special interest money.

Gaetz said that he would back Representative Jim Jordan (R-Oh.) for Speaker if he chose to run, and has repeatedly encouraged him to seek the position.

“We need someone like Jim Jordan as the speaker of the House, who can cast a vision and who has the trust and confidence of the people across the spectrum in the House,” Gaetz said.

The Daily Caller Reports

Most Republicans who support Kevin McCarthy for speaker of the House “benefit” from special interest money, Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz told the Daily Caller.

Gaetz has made clear that he will not be voting for McCarthy for speaker, writing an op-ed with the Daily Caller accusing McCarthy of having “no ideology” and calling him the moniker “Cavin’ McCarthy.”

The Caller interviewed Gaetz at Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest conference, pressing him further on his views on who should be speaker of the house with the new Republican majority.

“I’m not voting for Kevin McCarthy, because I think he’s just a shill of the establishment. I think that Kevin McCarthy is little more than a vessel through which lobbyists and special interests operate,” Gaetz said.

“The reason most of my Republican colleagues are supporting him is because they benefit from the redistribution of lobbyist and special interest money through McCarthy to their campaign accounts,” he added. “The bottom line is, that’s not going to work anymore.”

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