Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), the conservative representative who spearheaded the coup against former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy last autumn, issued a backhanded statement on Tuesday endorsing McCarthy for the position of Republican National Committee chairman.
On Tuesday evening, reports surfaced that the current chair, the troubled Ronna McDaniel, who has presided over a series of electoral setbacks and the organization’s financial mismanagement leading up to the 2024 election, might soon resign.
McCarthy was quickly linked to the rumors as a potential candidate to succeed McDaniel.
Gaetz unexpectedly and promptly conveyed his endorsement of the concept.
“I fully endorse Kevin McCarthy for RNC Chair. Kevin is well organized and a very high-revenue fundraiser. He will also be well-liked by the RNC Committee. The RNC Chair doesn’t make any policy decisions, set any agenda, or negotiate against Democrats, ever. Kevin would be terrific.” Gaetz wrote on X.
The triumphant uprising led by Gaetz against McCarthy was generally attributed to a personal animosity rather than being motivated by ideological dissent or competence issues.