In the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives, principles appear to be a moving target, at least for many of those who have been consistently opposing Kevn McCarthy for Speaker.
Last fall, McCarthy, in his role as Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, raised millions of dollars to help his party win the majority, and he spent much of it helping his colleagues across the country win or retain their seats.
Some of that money went to the very same House Republicans who are voting repeatedly to keep McCarthy from becoming Speaker according to records from the Federal Election Commission.
Thirteen of McCarthy’s opponents received donations from his Majority Committee PAC, including Rep. Bob Good of Virginia.
Others, who took McCarthy’s money and then voted against him are Reps. Eli Crane of Arizona, Anna Paulina Luna of Florida, Keith Self of Texas, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Michael Cloud of Texas, Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Andy Harris of Maryland, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Matt Rosendale of Montana, Byron Donalds of Florida and Andy Ogles of Tennessee.
We are asked to believe that the “principles” of these obstructionists would not permit them to support McCarthy for Speaker, but their “principles” certainly didn’t prevent them from taking his money during their campaigns in November.
This will get resolved, and most of these people will come around and support McCarthy, but they have certainly made themselves and their caucus look weak and foolish in the process.