Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) has voiced his support for expelling Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and seven other Republican lawmakers who voted to oust Kevin McCarthy as House speaker on Tuesday, October 3.
Joyce’s call for expulsion comes amidst mounting frustration over Gaetz’s actions and signals a growing desire among some Republicans to distance themselves from divisive figures.
HuffPost reported on Thursday, October 5 that while Speaking to AP News‘s Dana Bash, Rep. Joyce minced no words, stating, “If it was up to me, I’d vote for it. It’s a waste of time having conversations with these people. And I think we need to start working and going forward as a unified group.”
Expelling a member from the GOP conference is a formidable task, requiring a two-thirds majority vote of the membership, as per the House GOP conference rules.
Tuesday’s historic vote saw eight Republicans join forces with Democrats to remove McCarthy from the speaker’s chair, following Gaetz’s motion to vacate the position.
This move came after McCarthy relied on Democratic support to pass temporary spending legislation, averting a government shutdown.
Rep. Joyce, who chairs the Republican Governance Group, expressed his dismay at the behavior of the eight members who voted against McCarthy, stating, “I didn’t see how those eight members can be part of a conference when they come on the inside, listen to what’s going on, and go outside and lob bombs in the middle.”
He went on to call Gaetz “pathetic” and attributed the government shutdown threat to his “antics.”
Joyce has yet to decide whom to support as McCarthy’s replacement, highlighting the uncertainty surrounding the future leadership of the Republican Party.
The eight Republicans who joined Gaetz in voting to oust McCarthy include Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Tim Burchett (Tenn.), Ken Buck (Colo.), Eli Crane (Ariz.), Bob Good (Va.), Nancy Mace (S.C.), and Matt Rosendale (Mont.).
These lawmakers have found themselves at the center of a political storm, with their actions reverberating throughout the GOP.
As the Republican Party grapples with internal divisions and questions about its future direction, Rep. Joyce’s call for expulsion underscores the high-stakes power struggle within the GOP, with the outcome uncertain and the consequences far-reaching.