Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) hinted on Monday that there will be an alternative to Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for House Speaker and that person’s name will be revealed on the second ballot.
“I think you’ll see on the second ballot an increasing number of members vote for a true candidate who can represent the conservative center of the conference, can motivate the base,” Good told Fox News.
Good said for now they are not naming the person until the second ballot on Tuesday because of possible retaliation from McCarthy and his allies.
“If we were to put forth a name right now or over the last few weeks, that person would have suffered all the attacks and retaliation,” Good said. “You’ll see that name tomorrow on the second ballot.”
Good is one of five House Republicans who have said they will oppose McCarthy for Speaker. With a very slim 222-212 majority in the House, McCarthy can only manage to lose four votes if he has any chance of becoming Speaker.
McCarthy has made some key concessions to get to 218 votes, such as allowing just five Republicans to trigger a vote to “vacate the chair,” i.e. oust the Speaker.
However, Good is not swayed. He told Fox News there is nothing McCarthy can do to get his vote.
“There’s nothing that indicates to me that he’s going to change his patterns since he’s been in leadership, where he’s part of the swamp cartel,” Good said. “There’s nothing about Kevin McCarthy that indicates that he will bring the change that’s needed to Washington or that’s needed to the Congress or bring the fight against the Biden-Schumer agenda and represent the interest of the voters who sent us to Washington to bring real change,” he added.
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