Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich unleashed on the hard-right faction that is opposing Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid.
Gingrich referred to McCarthy’s opponents as “blackmailers” who are “not just shaking down McCarthy, they are shaking down their fellow House members who voted for him.”
Gingrich noted that on Nov. 15, the House Republican Conference voted 188-31 for McCarthy over Rep. Andy Biggs to be the next Speaker. “That is an 85 percent majority. In most elections, that’s considered decisive. But not to the blackmailers,” Gingrich wrote.