When the Republicans regain the majority, many predict that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy would compete against him for the position of House Speaker.
But at least one MAGA Republican cautions against rushing things.
Sounds like Andy Biggs of the House Freedom Caucus will challenge Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House.— Ethan Harsell (@ethan_harsell) November 14, 2022
Congressman Andy Biggs is expected to announce his plans to challenge Kevin McCarthy for leadership.— Breanna Morello (@BreannaMorello) November 14, 2022
HOT TAKE:@RepAndyBiggsAZ says the Republican caucus should debate the future of leadership in the House, adding that a "Speaker McCarthy" should not be a foregone conclusion for a Republican majority. pic.twitter.com/gaPvO5JbRy— The Absolute Truth with Emerald Robinson (@AbsoluteWithE) November 9, 2022
Andy Biggs, a former leader of the House Freedom Caucus, is not quite convinced that McCarthy is the best candidate for the position.
“I think we need to have a real discussion about whether he should be the speaker or not,” Biggs proclaimed on Thursday. He’s back-pedaled on things like impeachment. In some ways, that indicates a willingness to be weakening the oversight authority that we need to have, and the leverage points we need to have in order to deal with a Democrat president.”
If Republicans secure a majority in the lower chamber, former House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) is likely to challenge House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for the position of next speaker, a member of the influential conservative group said on Sunday.
Biggs has criticized McCarthy’s minority leadership, expressing worry that the California Republican won’t give priority to topics crucial to the party’s far-right wing. CNN broke the story of Biggs’ potential campaign to unseat McCarthy.
“I would say maybe, not so fast. Maybe we should have a good discussion within the confines of our internal body. Look, we were told we were going to have an incredible, incredible wave. And if that were to have been the case, a 20, 30, 40 seat margin, you would say, ‘well Kevin’s the presumptive Republican nominee for Speaker. But I think we need to have a serious discussion. He’s back-pedaled on things like impeachment. In some ways, that indicates a willingness to be weakening the oversight authority that we need to have, and the leverage points we need to have in order to deal with a Democrat president,” on the podcast The Absolute Truth with Emerald Robinson, Biggs discussed McCarthy giving a speech.