Matt Gaetz offers not to fight removal from conference if GOP holdouts will support Jim Jordan
Matt Gaetz is going places. But where? Image via AP.

Matt Gaetz
He and 6 others who voted to oust Kevin McCarthy suggested censure, then moving on.

It’s unclear what path lays forward to elect a new House Speaker. But U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz said if Republicans opposed to U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan are simply looking to punish Gaetz, feel free.

Gaetz led a letter signed by the seven of the eight Republicans who supported removing Speaker Kevin McCarthy earlier this month offering an olive branch to help resolve the current Speaker drama.

“The recent passage of the Motion to Vacate the Speaker has caused rancor, hurt feelings and acrimony within the House Republican Caucus,” Gaetz said. “While we stand by our actions, it is our goal to proceed forward with our colleagues, our teammates, our fellow Republicans in a manner that embraces reconciliation.”

The letter goes on to say the members are “prepared to accept censure, suspension, or removal from the Conference” if that convinces Republican holdouts to back Jordan for Speaker.

Jordan has lost three votes this week for Speaker, with no certain alternative surfacing. On Friday, 25 House Republicans voted for alternatives to Jordan, significantly more than the 20 who voted against Jordan on the first ballot.

Those refusing to support Jordan include Florida Republicans Vern Buchanan, Mario Díaz-Balart, Carlos Giménez and John Rutherford.

U.S. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, a St. Petersburg Republican, revealed some of Jordan’s strongest supporters were trying to assuage critics and willing to take a hit to their reputations. Luna has been whipping voted for Jordan and is a close ally of Gaetz. She was absent for the vote to remove McCarthy.

“Four of the eight just offered up a censure of themselves or removal from conference if it pacifies the holdouts to vote for Jordan,” Luna posted on X.

Gaetz’s letter published shortly after, signally all eight anti-McCarthy voters would subject themselves to the fate. That includes Gaetz as well as U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs, Tim Burchett, Eli Crane, Bob Good, Nancy Mace and Matt Rosendale.

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, however, posted on X that despite his name appearing on the letter, he would not sign it and does not support Jordan as Speaker. Buck was the eighth member who voted to oust McCarthy as Speaker.

Gaetz, the only Florida Republican in the House who refused to ever support McCarthy for Speaker over 15 ballots in January, made the motion earlier this month to vacate the Speaker’s Office. That led to McCarthy’s historic removal.

Reports from conference meetings this week signal deep animosity toward Gaetz remains. McCarthy confirmed to press that when Gaetz interrupted him during a speech, the California Republican told him to “sit down.” The Hill reported he used more colorful language than that. U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, an Illinois Republican, lunged at Gaetz in the meeting, according to The Daily Beast.

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].


  • Michael K

    October 20, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    A-hole. Unfit to serve. A national disgrace.

  • My Take

    October 20, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    They SO desperately want their rightwing thug in charge as speaker.

    • Bill

      October 20, 2023 at 3:16 pm

      I hope Jordan gets in so he can go after the democrats. Criminals that they are.

      • rick whitaker

        October 20, 2023 at 7:54 pm

        jordan’s ” going after the dems ” has been a disaster and total failure. so you want him to continue to be an embarrassment to himself and the maga cult party. you can’t throw mud without mud. jordan’s hero, thump, is a huge criminal maybe he would have better success going after him. your comment makes no sense. jordan is a clown.

  • TJC

    October 20, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Matt Gaetz will accept a spanking if they’ll let his buddy take charge of the House. What’s not to trust about that deal?

  • patrick rooney

    October 20, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    everthing happeneing in the house is one mans fault trump

  • PeterH

    October 20, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    Matt Gaetz has absolutely no toys in the Klown Kar with which to bargain. MAGA Republicans actually believe they are relevant, supported by conservative Americans and liked by voters.

  • My Take

    October 20, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Jotdan thrown overboard by ĢOP.

  • Michael K

    October 20, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    Gaetz has inflicted serious damage to the institution and to America. What a disgusting little self-absorbed slime ball.

  • DS

    October 20, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    How about offering to leave the planet? And your little dogs too?

  • KB

    October 20, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Good grief, Gaetz is fine.

    When was it ever going to happen – you should be more upset that the whiners won’t get on board and get Jordan elected.

    • rick whitaker

      October 20, 2023 at 7:59 pm

      gaetz is a fine what? the whole maga cult party, some of which you called ” whinners ” are a pack of wild jackals. gaetz is a rabid jackal.

  • My Take

    October 20, 2023 at 5:39 pm

    It’s nice to see the Freaķdumb KKKaucus fail.
    And fail at the hands of other GOPers!!

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