MTG doubles down on McCarthy support as rebels paralyze House GOP
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is standing behind House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy's faltering bid for the speakership, criticizing hardliners who have turned against the California Republican.
Why it matters: It's a sign of Greene's play to link herself with McCarthy to gain legitimacy and influence in the GOP.
Driving the news: "If the base only understood that 19 Republicans voting against McCarthy are playing Russian roulette with our hard earned Republican majority right now," Greene wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.
- "This is the worst thing that could possibly happen," she added.
- Greene was responding to a tweet from right-wing media personality Charlie Kirk about a rumor that some Republicans could form a coalition with Democrats to pick the next speaker.
Zoom out: Greene is following in the footsteps of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio.), who moved from a fringe conservative to a key party figure, Axios' Alayna Treene previously reported.
- "Jim and I talk frequently ... we're similar thinkers," Greene told Treene.
- Greene said that she hadn't "been promised anything" with McCarthy's potential speakership, adding: "I've asked for committee positions, but I'm not doing it with a guaranteed deal."
Between the lines: Jordan earned votes on Tuesday in the battle for the House speakership, but Greene remained firm in her support for McCarthy.
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