Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) Launched Campaign to Become House Speaker (VIDEO) … “I think the American Public wants to see a Change.”
A NOTE TO THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT … IT IS THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE!!!
As reported at The Politico, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-R) has officially launched a campaign to become the next Republican Speaker of the House. He is currently the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman. Rep. Chaffetz said this morning on Fox News Sunday, “I think the American public wants to see a change. They want a fresh start. You don’t just give an automatic promotion to the existing leadership team, that doesn’t signal change. I think they want a fresh face and a fresh new person who’s actually there at the leadership table in the speaker’s role.”
Chaffetz described himself as well-positioned to “bridge the divide” between the establishment and conservative factions of the Republicans in the House.
Majority Leader McCarthy has broad support within the House Republican Conference and remains the overwhelming favorite to succeed outgoing Speaker John Boehner. But isn’t he just a continuation of the GOP establishment problem? If Republicans in the House make McCarthy the next Speaker, it will just show they are tone deaf and refuse to listen to the people they claim to represent. Who ever becomes the Speaker better damn well use the power of the purse and defend GOP principles and understand why they were put there by We the People.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz has officially launched his dark-horse campaign for House speaker, arguing he’s a better choice to unite the fractious Republican conference and that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy lacks the communication skills and credibility with conservatives needed to succeed in the top leadership job.
In a lengthy interview with POLITICO in his Capitol Hill office this weekend, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee predicted that opposition from conservatives will block McCarthy from securing the 218 votes he needs to be elected on the House floor later this month – and so Chaffetz is pitching himself as an alternative.
“There are very few people who can win the support of our hardcore conservatives and yet be palatable to our more moderate members,” he said. “The question is who can help unite the party and bridge the divide and I hope they see me as the person that will give everyone a fair shake.”
McCarthy has broad support within the House Republican Conference and remains the overwhelming favorite to succeed outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). And it’s unclear how much support Chaffetz can actually garner. Chaffetz, who remarked that he’s “comfortable with losing,” would not say whether he has any pledged supporters.
But until now, McCarthy faced only token opposition in Florida Rep. Daniel Webster; Chaffetz, by contrast, is the head of a major committee and a respected figure among the rank-and-file. At the very least, the Utah Republican’s last-minute entry complicates McCarthy’s path and highlights the uneasiness with which the centrist Californian is viewed among the most conservative members of the GOP conference.
“I think the American public wants to see a change. They want a fresh start,” Mr. Chaffetz said on Fox News Sunday. “You don’t just give an automatic promotion to the existing leadership team, that doesn’t signal change. I think they want a fresh face and a fresh new person who’s actually there at the leadership table in the speaker’s role.”
Mr. McCarthy stumbled in the past week when he suggested a panel formed to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks had achieved a political victory in causing Hillary Clinton’s approval rating to sink. The comments gave Democrats fodder to say that the panel is a politically motivated attempt to discredit Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate who was secretary of state at the time of the attacks.
Republicans have long said that their only motivation for years of hearings was to uncover the truth behind what happened when an attack on an outpost in Libya killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Mr. Chaffetz said Thursday that Mr. McCarthy should apologize for the comments.
I will say this to Rep. Chaffetz, you are 100% incorrect when you gave political platitudes to Rep. McCarthy, “We owe Kevin McCarthy a lot; he is a major reason we enjoy the majority, with the strongest numbers we’ve had since the 1920s.” WHAT!!! NONE OF YOU IN THE GOP ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT … YOU WERE GIVEN THE MAJORITY AND INCREASING NUMBERS BY CONSERVATIVES AND THE TEA PARTY!!! Unless, you are saying such because you lied to Republicans by saying a GOP majority in the House would defund and end Obamacare, reduce the deficit, and defund liberal immoral programs like Planned Parenthood, then yes you are a reason.