During a Sunday interview on Fox News, Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suggested that Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) may encounter the same issues as disgraced Representative George Santos (R-NY) with respect to an upcoming ethics complaint.
McCarthy warned that the details of the complaint may pose potential implications for Gaetz.
McCarthy says Gaetz could have 'same problem' as Santos when ethics complaint comes out https://t.co/UkqKPBYFRl
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We do know this is really driven, as you know, and you’ve had in the show, Matt Gaetz’s ethics complaint,” McCarthy stated.
“I think once that ethics complaint comes forward, he could have the same problem as Santos has. I think the conference will be better united to get this all done,” he added.
“Gaetz has been under a review by the House Committee on Ethics that is thought to center around accusations including sexual misconduct and illicit drug use,” the New York Post reported.
“The committee last week dropped a stunning report on Santos — who is staring down a 23-count indictment — that alleged he ‘blatantly stole’ from his campaign for personal use,” it continued.
“Gaetz and McCarthy have long had a fraught relationship, though their feud sparked national headlines as the former blocked McCarthy’s speakership bid in January,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“McCarthy has argued that Gaetz’s efforts to take him down were based on personal grievances over his failure to shut down the ethics inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of campaign funds by the Florida lawmaker,” it stated.
House Republicans continue to show friction, a long-standing issue. After an extended period for the confirmation of McCarthy at the start of the year, the party has since changed its speaker and faced several other controversies.
Democrats are using this disunity in order to support President Joe Biden’s bid for re-election in 2024.
Calls have been made for Republicans to unite under new House Speaker Mike Johnson and improve their image prior to next year’s elections following losses in key states during November and calls for RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel’s resignation from leadership.