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Andy Biggs Is Running For House Speaker Against Kevin McCarthy

Far-right Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) introduced Tuesday that he’s difficult House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for House speaker, arguing in an op-ed that Republicans have to ditch “the establishment” as they retake energy within the chamber.

“People are thrilled that Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reign of Leftist extremism is ending. The question is whether we will be treated to the status quo that will move us along the same path, though perhaps more slowly,” Biggs wrote in a piece for the right-wing Daily Caller. “Will we elect an establishment Republican as the speaker — think [former House Speaker] Paul Ryan, or in this case, Ryan’s right-hand man, Kevin McCarthy.”

Biggs, the previous chief of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, has just about no shot at changing into speaker. But hard-liners nonetheless want an instigator, and Biggs dangers creating a giant mess for Republicans within the new Congress if he manages to peel away greater than 4 votes from McCarthy. Biggs argued in his piece that the “conservative movement” has a uncommon alternative to “change the direction of the nation” with the election of a brand new House speaker who isn’t McCarthy.

“We actually have the opportunity to dislodge the establishment and reinvigorate the America First movement that was founded by former President Donald Trump,” Biggs wrote. “Yes, that Donald Trump.”

Biggs is one of five Republican defectors opposing McCarthy’s bid for the gavel, together with Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Bob Good (R-Va.), Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) and Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.). McCarthy wants 218 votes from a slim House majority to change into speaker.

As House minority chief, McCarthy has fastidiously wooed the fitting within the hopes of in the future main fractious House Republicans — and it’s paid off, principally. His influential backers embody Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), in addition to conservative radio host Mark Levin and former Trump adviser Stephen Miller. But the 5 holdouts may nonetheless make life difficult for Republicans throughout the ground vote for speaker subsequent month.

Biggs and several of his far-right colleagues helped manage the Jan. 6, 2021, “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the assault on the U.S. Capitol. It was later revealed throughout the House’s Jan. 6 committee hearings that Biggs was among the many lawmakers who requested Trump for a preemptive pardon following the assault.

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) testified on the hearings that Biggs was amongst those that pressured him to decertify Arizona’s 2020 presidential outcomes.

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