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Matt Gaetz proposes Kevin McCarthy for RNC chairman, doesn't say if joking

Reactions on X were divided, with many suggesting that Gaetz was merely joking.

Published: February 6, 2024 10:42pm

Updated: February 7, 2024 12:24am

Amid reports that Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel may step down later this month, Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz has suggested that former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy succeed her, marking a stark about face from last year when he spearheaded the charge to remove him from leadership.

"I fully endorse Kevin McCarthy for RNC Chair. Kevin is well organized and a very high-revenue fundraiser. He will also be well-liked by the RNC Committee. The RNC Chair doesn’t make any policy decisions, set any agenda, or negotiate against Democrats, ever. Kevin would be terrific," Gaetz posted on X in reply to a tweet suggesting McCarthy could assume the role.

Reactions on X were divided, with many suggesting that Gaetz was merely joking. He, however, has not followed up on the original post as of press time.

The House in October voted to remove McCarthy as Speaker, a first in national history. Gaetz, for his part, led the small group of Republican detractors in removing him. McCarthy resigned from the House in late December.

Gaetz's endorsement came in the wake of reports of McDaniel's impending departure. During her tenure, the party faced fundraising shortfalls and the party in January was reportedly exploring a credit line to address its falling revenue.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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