Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz and Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene have attracted more public attention lately than most junior lawmakers - much of it negative. Party leaders are trying to figure out what to do about the two, if anything.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders have always faced rebels in their ranks. But Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are presenting top House Republicans with a test of how to handle a...
, which were described by people familiar with the investigation. He hasn’t been charged with any crimes and says he is “absolutely not resigning.”Greene called the caucus memo a staff-level proposal that she had not read from an outside group she didn’t identify. She said “America First” embraces people “of every race, creed, and color,” and added, “I will never back down.”
Unlike most lawmakers, the two have sources of power that make them tough for leaders to curb. Their formulas include raising lots of money, amassing social media followers, appearing often on television, representing strongly conservative districts and being allied with former President Donald Trump, who’s still idolized by legions of Republicans.
ADVERTISEMENTTheir association with Trump “gives a lot of psychological power to the firebrands to know that they’re on pretty safe ground,” said former Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a hardline conservative who battled party leaders.“In the past, if you wanted your profile as elevated as Matt Gaetz’s or Marjorie Taylor Greene’s, you’d run for president,” said Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., another conservative who’s clashed with leadership. headtopics.com
From January 2019 through last week, Gaetz’s 209 weekday appearances on the three major cable TV networks — nearly all on conservative Fox News — were exceeded by only five other members of Congress, according to Media Matters, a liberal group that monitors online political activity. His congressional and personal Twitter accounts both boast at least 1 million followers.
“The really powerful people in this town are the ones that can go on television and make an argument,” Gaetz told the producers of “The Swamp,” a 2019 HBO documentary. “And that’s power that leadership can never take away from you.”Greene, in Congress since January, has 400,000 Twitter followers but has made no daytime appearances on the three top cable networks. She has appeared on the Trump-friendly One America News Network and Newsmax TV.
She also reported raising $3.2 million during this year’s first three months. That’s more than double the $1.5 million the typical House GOP incumbent spent on the entire 2020 election, according to Federal Election Commission figures.Gaetz reported raising $1.8 million through March.
“Celebrity fuels money-raising ability and popularity, and that is independent from the traditional power structure” in Congress, said Michael Steel, former top aide to former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other leading Republicans.The allegations against Gaetz, part of a broader probe of Florida Republican political figures, are serious enough to potentially threaten his political survival, whatever McCarthy does. headtopics.com
Internal House GOP rules say a lawmaker indicted for a serious felony should resign from committees, while House rules say they shouldn’t vote on the chamber’s floor if convicted. Members in such situations often resign or don’t seek reelection.Greene’s situation is murkier. In a recent case, after years of racially offensive statements by Iowa Rep. Steve King, GOP leaders turned against him in 2019 when he questioned why terms like “white supremacist” were offensive. He didn’t resign but lost his 2020 GOP primary.
Over GOP objections, the Democratic-majority House stripped Greene of her committee assignments in February for her online recycling of violent statements and conspiracy theories. McCarthy denounced her statements but didn’t punish her.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has her own insurgents, headlined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and others in the progressive “squad.” But with the party’s paper-thin majority, all Democrats are under tremendous pressure to unify behind President Joe Biden’s agenda, giving Pelosi more leverage.
McCarthy needs to gain just a few seats to win House control and would prefer no distractions. The GOP wants to focus on what it considers a target-rich environment of issues like migrants at the Southwest border, Democratic proposals to boost taxes on high earners and corporations and the continued pandemic closure of school systems.
“It’s a problem,” said Sarah Chamberlain, who heads the Republican Main Street Partnership, an alliance of dozens of GOP centrists. “If Matt Gaetz becomes the face of the Republican Party, he can be used against us” by Democratic ads in moderate GOP districts, she said. headtopics.com
Usually, congressional leaders can pressure lawmakers by threatening to cut campaign contributions the parties control. Gaetz and Greene have already raised enough money to resist such pressure.The two can use their money to buy online ads featuring hot-button issues that lure more supporters and contributions from the GOP base, and to court backing from colleagues by donating to their campaigns. Greene has already reported spending over $800,000 to build an online fundraising operation, Gaetz over $500,000.
Greene donated a healthy $175,000 to the House GOP campaign arm shortly before Democrats stripped her of her committee assignments, according to campaign finance reports.Gaetz last year donated to dozens of House Republicans. Read more: The Associated Press »
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mattgaetz America wants you both gone. mattgaetz Attention for crazy isn’t a good thing Matt.
Get rid of them. United we stand!!! When you would rather have a coup than accept the truth, you become fixated on those you can manipulate Clown Act 420 mattgaetz Matt Gaetz should Marry Marjorie Taylor Greene. She's very much like him, just somewhat more masculine. RepMattGaetzsucks MattGaetzpedophile RepMattGaetzpedophile
Maybe the media could stop feeding their attention addiction. Also stop with Ted Cruz, who would be largely irrelevant if you would stop making him “news”. mattgaetz Gaetz HAS to go because of underage girls and sex trafficking. Greene has to go because her magical thinking is treasonous. mattgaetz Matt and Marge (among others) are gifting a continued democrat house majority in 2022.
Nothing to figure out. Expel them. Simple!! Nah... Gaetz, Greene & other GOP extremists use the same techniques that trump did. Don't take the bait. ' [...] uses social media as weapon to control the news cycle. It works like a charm. [....] tweets/antics/press statements are tactical rather than substantive' 👇👇
If you don’t mind, we are not going to wait for them to figure it out. Warped minded politicians with loud mouths convincing warped minded people to listen and vote to them.
mattgaetz Your party is only as good as your weakest links. Greene and Gaetz are the absolutely the weakest links. They give all well intentioned politicians a bad name. If you don’t do anything you will start to smell like them. mattgaetz Umm maybe if they didn’t try to form a white supremacist caucus
mattgaetz I point and laugh at the two of them....kind of like when I see two dogs fucking in someone's yard. mattgaetz Way to put your opinion in the headline. I miss real journalism. 'Sunshine exposure' usually kills off mold. Make them leave there offices. mattgaetz Natural born twats, da penny will catch up both in da future 👈!
Please hop on your broom and fly away from D.C. and never come back! mattgaetz Go get this radical left extremist... they do not represent the Moderate Democrats. We honor America and love our black and brown people to include our diverse U.S. Law Enforcement Officers mattgaetz
Anyone in Congress who rejects an independent investigation into the January 6th insurrection is complicit - EVERYONE mattgaetz ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene ExpelGreene
mattgaetz Seditionist Madge encouraging Insurrection of Jan 6th, 2021. Propagating the “LIE” about the 2020 Election. On Apr 17th, 2021 - Failed attempt of creating Anglo-Saxon Caucus. Said she would not give up trying. DangerToDemocracy ExpelGreene mattgaetz They are Extremely racist and the GOP are ok with that. Sick
mattgaetz ExpelGreene ExpelTheSeditionists The political formula or tactics for some Republicans these days is just be...ignorant, to gain a political base. Trump showed them how. mattgaetz When pedo racists loudly and proudly affirm their white supremacy especially after they helped former guy to incite a murderous mob to storm our Capitol resulting in 7 DEATHS tend to attract public attention - all of it negative. MattGaetzIsInTrouble ExpelTheSeditionists
Moscow Mitch...no comment? Playing turtle? radical left joined together to spread negative towards them I have an idea of what to do with both of them, but I don't want to get banned from Twitter!
mattgaetz More power to them! this is like a bad mini-series and the FBI can never catch the evil trying to destroy the country but they keep getting away They are taking a page out of Andrew Cuomo playbook. That’s all. Shame on you for using the words 'staunchly conservative' when referring to their loony tune radical Right-wing White Supremacist seditionist base, .
mattgaetz She’s a cult member following her leader to her own demise. crush the corrupt... exposeHATE4PROFIT time to DefundFASCISTS and ALL who support them. Accountability is key in 2021!! Competence is essential in 2022!!! Be perfect as God is perfect. Would you really want that woman to be right about you?
THAT. . .figures... .'PARTY LEADERS ' Whom exactly. . .might THEY BE ? MR. FECKLESS. . .MR. BALLESS. . .MRS. GUTLESS, MRS. SHEAPISH, or the famous RHINO. . .SIR MITTENS ROMNEY. . .
Do Maxine Waters next.... mattgaetz Wow she is ugly. You, her and Gym should have a contest to see who is the ugliest. An Ugly Off if you will. Here is a genius idea: dismantle the party. Easy decision if your not a corrupt idiotic organization. Another example of misfits being in front! They learn the lesson from the ex leader! Lying gets you in front most of the time until people figure it out! By the time the wake up is over as with the last idiot in power! Very simple!
Well 1st the GOP needs to grow a spine, then maybe we can discuss this petulence they call a party, but I feel it is too late. mattgaetz whoaaa! fuck yah matt! They can't do shit with Greene pushing anglo-saxon culture and you banging little girls. Dream team throwing fucking haymakers! do you know what day your going to prison yet? mattgaetz
They will continue to do nothing. They’ll hang themselves. Pop some corn, grab your favorite beverage, turn the lights down and anxiously wait for the ending no one expected. GOP GOPChairwoman ExpelGaetz ExpelGreene not hard to figure out what to do with them.
'I never said caucus. I said circus.' 'The America First Circus.' Anyone who is aggressively outspoken attracts atrention What about Maxine Waters ,,? mattgaetz Fake news AP... Whatever they do , they can’t let them breed , that would surely be the birth of the anti Christ . Another unbiased story by The Associated Partisans.
Shit tends to attract flies mattgaetz BecAuse they fight against the Fake news media (the AP) and the corrupt DemocRATS!