Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who spearheaded the move to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, said of Republicans nominating Mike Johnson for House speaker after Tom Emmer's withdrawal: "It was worth it."
"We adore him, and I think he's gonna do a great job for the country and for the right reasons," Gaetz said. "Mike Johnson has not bought and paid for. Mike Johnson does what is right."
Gaetz also said that Johnson's nomination is a sign that Republicans are "reuniting" and "coming together" after the chaotic ouster of McCarthy.
"We are putting the petty squabbles aside and getting back to work," Gaetz said. "We are united in our mission to fight for the American people and to hold the Biden administration accountable."
It is unclear whether all Republicans will support Johnson for speaker. Some Republicans have expressed concerns about Johnson's lack of experience in leadership positions. However, other Republicans have praised Johnson's conservative credentials and his willingness to stand up to the establishment.
Only time will tell whether Johnson will be able to unite the Republican conference and lead the House effectively. However, Gaetz's endorsement is a sign that Johnson has the support of some of the most powerful voices in the Republican Party.
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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who led the effort to oust former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, has joined in a chorus of Republicans supporting the new House speaker nominee, Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.
After Republicans spent most of Tuesday behind closed doors selecting Johnson as the new GOP speaker candidate, Gaetz praised him as a "good godly man who's going to advance Republicans." The Florida Republican also told a group of reporters that his colleague is the "best possible candidate" as the GOP looks to finally elect a speaker after McCarthy was voted out of the position three weeks ago.
One issue in particular that attracted conference members to Johnson was his support for single subject appropriations bills, or spending bills that fund one department or initiative at a time rather than a spending package that can force members to support some spending levels they would be uncomfortable with otherwise supporting, Gaetz said.