A poll that was released on Wednesday revealed that a majority of Americans would absolutely love to see Newt Gingrich, who was the Speaker of the House from 1995-1999, back in the position after Rep. Kevin McCarthy was kicked out of the speakership in an effort led by Florida lawmaker Rep. Matt Gaetz. McCarthy made history as the first person to be booted from the speakership in our nation’s history.
According to Newsmax , Gingrich was chosen by 53 percent of 850 individuals who responded to the survey from InsiderAdvantage, which means he scored a whopping 42 points higher than his closest competitor for the spot, Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who announced he would be running for the job on Wednesday.
While Gingrich hasn’t served in Congress in quite some time, he is still eligible to serve as Speaker due to the fact there is no requirement for the Speaker to be an actual elected member of the House.
Another individual folks tend to like for the speaker position is former President Donald Trump. He weighed in on the suggestion saying he would be open to doing so on a temporary basis, but is staying focused on his bid for the White House.
The poll results revealed:
The poll’s results were:
- Gingrich: 53%.
- Jim Jordan: 11%.
- Steve Scalise: 3%.
- Tom Emmer: 2%.
- Elise Stefanik: 2%.
- Tom Cole: 1%.
- Garrett Graves:1%.
- Undecided: 27%.
Here’s more from Newsmax:
The poll carried a margin of error of plus or minus 3.36 percentage points. Gingrich on Tuesday slammed Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who filed the notion to vacate that led to McCarthy’s ouster.
Gingrich has been speaking out about the McCarthy issue, writing in a Washington Post opinion piecethat the party must expel Gaetz, calling him “actively destructive to the conservative movement.”
“Gaetz has gone beyond regular drama,” Gingrich wrote. “He is destroying the House GOP’s ability to govern and draw a sharp contrast with the policy disasters of the Biden administration.”
Gingrich acknowledged in the column that when he served 20 years in the House, including four as speaker, he “fought against the GOP establishment.”
“I led the fight against President George H.W. Bush’s 1990 tax increase after he had broken his word about ‘no new taxes.’ I felt bound to stay with my commitment to the American voters. Unlike Gaetz, though, when I rebelled, I represented the majority view of the caucus at the time,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich wasted no time going after Republicans who voted in favor to remove McCarthy from the Speaker position, referring to them as “traitors,” while going on to tell the folks at Fox News those who cast a ballot in favor of the motion should face primary challenges next year.
“Ninety-six percent of the Republicans voted for McCarthy; 4 percent voted against him.” Gingrich commented. “From my position as a longtime Republican activist, they’re traitors. All eight of them should, in fact, be primaried. They should all be driven out of public life.”
Well, one thing’s for sure. Both Gaetz and McCarthy are not the bright shining stars of the GOP, nor should they be. It’ll be interesting to see who ends up taking over for McCarthy and whether or not they perform up to the standards of those who voted the California Republican out.
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