Members stop Rogers from going to Gaetz after 14th speaker vote

Members stop Rogers from going to Gaetz after 14th speaker vote

Tensions in the House were running high on Friday night when Members had to physically stop Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) from taking action against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) after the 14th attempt to take down Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R -CA) as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

McCarthy was within half a vote after the 14th vote to secure the speakership. Although McCarthy received 216 votes, that was not enough to secure the speakership at the time. Gaetz and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) voted “present,” and four other House Republicans voted for other members.

Shortly after the 14th failed vote, McCarthy approached Gaetz at his place at the back of the room for a discussion. It’s unclear what Gaetz and McCarthy discussed. When Gaetz pointed the finger at McCarthy, another member stepped in front of McCarthy and tried to defuse the situation.

After McCarthy returned to his seat, Rogers approached Gaetz’s seat and bent over the three members seated between him and Gaetz to address the anti-McCarthy holdout.

However, as Rogers leaned forward to face Gaetz, another member, reportedly Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), came up behind Rogers, put his hand over Rogers’ mouth, and pulled Rogers away from the confrontation.

CSPAN’s convention cameras briefly captured the altercation:

In addition, several photographers captured the confrontation from different angles:

Members of the House erupted in shock when the altercation took place, prompting McCarthy to turn and return to the two members.

“Rogers immediately went to the dressing room to cool off,” according to NBC News.

After the altercation, a motion for an adjournment failed, leading to a 15th vote in which McCarthy finally secured the speaker’s office.

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