Yikes: Could House Democrats Decide The New Speaker?

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With immense uncertainty looming after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race to replace John Boehner as the new House Speaker, some Dems are suggesting that if Republicans don’t want to play ball with the conservative House Freedom Caucus, they should instead work with Democrats to elect a new Speaker.

According to The Hill:

One House Democrat indicated Monday that Republicans should consider turning to his party to find a majority coalition to elect a new Speaker.

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) said centrist GOP lawmakers who are frustrated with the roughly 40-member Freedom Caucus could find potential allies in Democrats.

“So if the Republican leadership can’t decide, if the Republicans can’t decide a leader who they will allow to at least talk to Democrats to get the full scope of what the American people feel, then I believe that a good number of the moderate Republicans should get together and come together with some of the Democrats and see if we can form a coalition together,” Meeks said on “MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall.”

The article continues:

“Meeks indicated that some Democrats may consult with lawmakers such as Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who chairs the centrist Tuesday Group, to discuss a potential coalition.

“That would be historic, and it would change the course of politics for the United States, and we would get things done. So I know we’re going to reach out to Charlie Dent and others, and I hope that that dialogue and conversation begins,” Meeks said.

Votes to elect a House Speaker have historically been highly partisan. Even lawmakers who defect from voting for their leaders will typically still nominate someone from their own party.”