Posted by: coastcontact | October 4, 2015

Rep. Jason Chaffetz to challenge Kevin McCarthy in race for House speaker

Representative Jason Chaffetz a Republican from Utah appeared on Fox News Sunday today to announce his plan to run for Speaker of the House. Along with the apparent front runner, Kevin McCarthy from California, there is a third possible candidate, Daniel Webster from Florida. Chaffetz said that McCarthy has the votes to win in the Republican caucus but not enough votes to win a majority in the entire House.

This situation could give the Democrats an opportunity to determine who will be the next House Speaker.  All 188 Democrats plus 30 Republicans would provide the needed majority.  Imagine if the Republican Party is split over a selection.  That will give Democrats the ability to negotiate agreements on Planned Parenthood, the Import Export Bank, and other key issues in the coming months.  Nancy Pelosi must be in high spirits.

This may be a fantasy on my part but given the spilt vision in the GOP, I would not be surprised if this came to pass.


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