Andy Biggs Explains Key Quality That Would Make for Best Speaker – McCarthy Isn’t Going to Like This

One of Kevin McCarthy’s biggest critics is singling out one quality he sees the wannabe speaker as sorely lacking. Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs sees McCarthy as privy to ambition, and lacking in humility. Biggs is one of the 20 Republicans who has refused to vote for the GOP caucus leader, leaving the House of Representatives leaderless after six different votes for the speaker’s gavel. Biggs compared McCarthy’s desire for the gavel to George Washington’s humility in a Wednesday tweet. Washington openly desired neither the presidency nor a role at the Constitutional Convention. The first American president didn’t even lobby for command of the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War, either. He’s most known for serving in roles in which his peers sought his leadership. It’s not a secret that McCarthy has coveted the speaker’s gavel for some time. The career politician has served in the California legislature and Congress since 2002. He was a longtime congressional staffer before that, having seemingly spent his entire life in a political career. Rep. Matt Gaetz leveled similar criticism against McCarthy when speaking on the House floor on Tuesday. “Maybe the right person for Speaker of the House isn’t someone who wants it so bad,” Gaetz said in an obvious dig at McCarthy. McCarthy hasn’t given any indication that he will withdraw his name from consideration for speaker after failing to secure the gavel in six different votes. One can make the argument that his Republican critics are obstructing the will of the broader caucus, but at the end of the day, it’s the responsibility of a leader to deliver. McCarthy has failed to secure the necessary support in the months he’s had to prepare for the new Congress. If McCarthy can’t secure the votes he needs to oversee the Republican agenda as speaker, it’s time to step aside and give another leader a chance. A lifetime of naked political ambition isn’t an excuse. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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