Anna Paulina Luna, still opposing Kevin McCarthy, promises Republican will become Speaker

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She cast a vote today for U.S. Rep.-elect Byron Donalds of Florida.

U.S. Rep.-elect Anna Paulina Luna voted three times Tuesday against the top Republican running for Speaker of the House. But she promised she won’t do anything that results in a Democrat holding the Speaker’s gavel.

(Note: All House members currently bear the title of “Rep.-elect” until a new Speaker is chosen and members are sworn in).

Ahead of a planned second day of votes on Speaker, Luna issued a statement saying she won’t do anything that risks Republican control of the Chamber.

“There is an extraordinary amount of misinformation going around about yesterday’s vote for the Speaker of the House,” Luna said in an extensive statement.

In three votes, U.S. Rep.-elect Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, came short of the 218 required votes. In fact, McCarthy received fewer votes than Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, the minority caucus choice for Speaker.

Luna on three ballots cast Tuesday supported Ohio Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Jim Jordan for the post. On a fourth vote Wednesday, she supported U.S. Rep.-elect Byron Donalds, a Naples Republican nominated for the post.

But she said voters should understand Republican opposition to McCarthy doesn’t translate to support for Democrats controlling the chamber.

“To be clear, I will NEVER vote to elect a Democrat Speaker and what you are seeing is Congress in action,” Luna said. “These discussions are good to have and although you are not able to see the conversations happening off the floor, I assure you that I am voting and constantly thinking about the thousands of conversations I have had with you all over the last four years.”

Luna in November won election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District over Democrat Eric Lynn. She also ran unsuccessfully in 2020, losing to Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist in a prior configuration of the district.

Luna defended her votes protesting the status quo of Washington. “D.C. is fundamentally broken,” she wrote.

She said she was elected to bring change.

“I have made my position clear, and it remains the same as when you elected me: I will stand strong until we get a Speaker who will fight for the American people and fix the chaos and corruption in our nation’s Capitol,” she said.

“I will continue to stand firm against all forms of pressure. Right now, democracy is at work — something that hasn’t happened for decades. The process may be messy, but that is how it is supposed to be. The alternative — a swift uniparty vote without room for debate or conservative ideas — is far worse.”

She stressed the divide within the caucus will not result in Democrats assuming control of Congress, a theory she claimed was “concocted by the mainstream media.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Capt Richard OToole

    January 4, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    I will only vote for her again if she supports FRED UPTON for speaker.

  • sue WIEDMER

    January 4, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    You are going to put a Democrat in as Speaker of The House because you refuse to vote for McCarthy. Jim Jordan says he doesn’t want the job. The Democrats are laughing at us. I am sorry I wasted a vote on you; I will not make the same twice. My husband feels 10 times worse than I do. I am ashamed what the Republicans are doing o are Country.


  • Yrral

    January 4, 2023 at 1:40 pm

    Even the Great White Spiteful Hope cannot resurrect McCarthy bid to be speaker

  • Bill S.

    January 4, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    A Luna by any other name would still be looney.

  • cassandra

    January 4, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    Anna should run for senate so she can join Kyrsten in the Look at Me! Caucus.

  • Marlene Waller

    January 4, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    PLEASE VOTE FOR KEVIN MCCARTHY AND WORK FOR UNITY AMONG REPUBLICANS, NOT DIVISION! This does not bode well for future legislative efforts if you can’t even be united on choosing our Speaker.

  • MAZI

    January 4, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    Vote for Kevin McCarthy already and stop acting like children. Too much important business to attend to to waste time with this nonsense. You’ve already made your point, now move on.

  • Rebecca Wolfe

    January 4, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    The 21 Republicans in the House tried to overturn our government by supporting “the Big Lie” and voting to oppose the results of the 2022 Midterm election. What they are doing now is a continuation of their desire and efforts to overthrow our Constitutional Democracy and establish an anti-democracy government.

  • PeterH

    January 5, 2023 at 12:38 am

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

    Dear “Luna” fake Hispanic…..answer this:

    Why would 95% of Washington Republicans and most Americans allow a tiny band of wingnut MAGA RINO’s set the policy agenda for America?

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