Another Conservative Challenges McCarthy for Speaker

Jason Chaffetz

Another conservative leader in the House of Representatives is throwing his name in the race for Speaker of the House. Current Speaker John Boehner announced he is resigning from the leadership position, as well as retiring his congressional seat at the end of October.

Fox News reports:

Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Sunday officially announced his bid to become the next House speaker, challenging next-in-line Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and vowing to “bridge the divide” that has roiled the chamber’s GOP caucus. “I’m offering myself as an alternative,” Chaffetz told “Fox News Sunday.” “I think I can bridge that divide.”

… Florida GOP Rep. Dan Webster is the only other candidate in the speakership race. “You just don’t give a promotion to the existing leadership team,” Chaffetz, known for his hard-charging efforts as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Sunday. “That doesn’t signal change.”

It’s important for the GOP to learn from their past mistakes and elect leadership who will actually fight for good policy, rather than negotiate with themselves to grow government with the Democrats. Eric Cantor? Gone. John Boehner? Gone. The message to Congress has been clear. Conservatives want stronger leadership in the Republican Party.