Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has warned that Democrats are “scurrying” to find “any weak RINO sellout Republicans that will join them” to help make Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaker of the House.
Greene says Democrats are planning to take advantage of the slim majority the GOP will have in the House and place a Pelosi-approved person as the new speaker.
She said for that reason she is supporting House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in his bid for the speakership.
If Republicans can’t agree on a choice, Greene fears the Democrats will pick off a few “weak” GOP members and install Cheney as House speaker.
“We cannot open the door to what the Democrats are doing right now, and that is scurrying all the way around looking for any weak RINO sellout Republicans that will join them.
“That is what’s happening right now, and I find that terrifying.
“There is no way in hell I’m going to vote to hand that gavel to Liz Cheney or anyone else Nancy Pelosi wants.
“We’re looking at having a very razor-thin majority with potentially 219.
“We are talking about one vote.
“We have already been through two years where we saw Republicans—Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger—cross over and join the Democrats.
“Here’s the harsh reality, there are Republicans in our conference right now that would make a deal with the Democrats and cross over.
“He already has the vote,” she said of McCarthy.
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) floated the idea of working with the GOP on social media: “Just cut a deal with the Dems Kevin.
“Whatever you get from Freedom Caucus will not be worth it.
“The odds will be good but the goods will be odd.”
The Washington Examiner spoke to other Democrats about crossing the aisle and working with McCarthy or someone else in the GOP to make them speaker.
“Won’t know that until the dust settles, the margin is determined, and how badly McCarthy needs some Dem support. Anything is possible,” one said.
“Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, not in speakership races.”
Another said: “If he asks, it could be a possibility.
“Either you can be Speaker for two years and go cash out on Wall Street or be Speaker for three months and get pushed out by the Freedom Caucus.
Another Democrat said making a deal to put McCarthy in the job would be preferable to having someone like Greene or Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as speaker.
“I doubt it, but I guess if the alternative is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), it could be possible.
“I think it’d be more about the alternative than anything he could give.”
One centrist Democrat then floated a plan the Dems are whispering about behind the scenes – put Cheney in as speaker to get the ultimate revenge on Trump.
The Democrat said: “Under no circumstances would just about any Dem ever vote for someone who has downplayed Jan. 6.
“I’m one of the most bipartisan people in the place, and the thought of supporting Kevin makes me laugh.
“It’s an insane proposition to consider supporting someone like him.
“I would never do that,” the Democrat member of Congress said.
“No Dem with principles and a belief in democracy would ever do that.
“I would classify them as serious in intent to put forth a principled option with the goal of bringing people together but not serious in that I can’t imagine that getting to 218.”