WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina congressman and leader of the House Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows is calling for new leadership after frustrastions with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) grow within the ranks.
“House Republicans have been expected to whip Rep. Goodlatte’s proposed bill before bringing it to a House vote, but the Freedom Caucus is saying that the whip operation is not happening. Goodlatte’s bill caves on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), allowing DREAMers to stay in the country, but also tightens some other enforcement mechanisms like E-Verify.
Meadows is not happy with Ryan’s inaction on Goodlatte’s relatively moderate bill.
Meadows’ bold statement Wednesday marks a new benchmark in anti-Ryan rhetoric, in calling for “new leadership” to address Republican challenges on Capitol Hill.
Meadows’ Freedom Caucus ally Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio also strongly criticized “leadership” in an interview he conducted with Meadows with The Atlantic, stating: “I’m worried, because we were promised a full-scale push and whip operation on Goodlatte and we’ve just frankly not seen anything close to that. It’s basically Bob Goodlatte going around and talking to people, and the Freedom Caucus going around and talking to people. Other than that, you don’t hear anything from leadership about the legislation.””
It wouldn’t be the first time that Freedom Caucus chairman has stood against the Establishment and taken on the Speaker of the House.
Meadows infamously called for a ‘motion to vacate’ against Ryan’s predecessor then-Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), ultimately leading to Boehner stepping down and retiring.
Could Meadows again lead a revolt against the Establishment to oust Ryan from his reluctant post?
As those possibilities circulate, rumors of replacement candidates circulate with them. One rumored successor is Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) the current House Majority Leader. Such a selection would hardly offer conservatives any respite from the Swampy ways of the Establishment, as McCarthy is firmly entrenched in the muck himself.
McCarthy does have a North Carolina connection of sorts, though. Last time there was a Meadows-induced change in House leadership, McCarthy threw his name in the ring for Speaker, until rumors surfaced of an alleged extra-marital affair between McCarthy and then-congresswoman Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), another RINO.
After those rumors circled Capitol Hill, blown wide open by email blasts from a conservative donor about the issue, McCarthy withdrew his name from consideration.
America would be better off if there were another shakeup in House leadership, for sure. However, America may benefit the most if the new Speaker of the House were Mark Meadows himself.