Rep. Walter Jones told Newsmax TV
Friday that he resented outgoing House Speaker John Boehner for postponing the nomination vote for his successor Thursday after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly withdrew from the race.
"We should've gone ahead and had the election," the North Carolina Republican told "Newsmax Prime" hosts J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan. "This is John Boehner trying to pick his replacement."
"Many of us who are basically the conservatives of the House, we resent that," Jones added. "We had two good candidates that we could've chosen yesterday, one of the two."
"That's my opinion, but also the opinion of some other people, too."
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Those remaining candidates were Florida Rep. Daniel Webster, who Jones supported, and Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Boehner, who said last month that he would leave Congress on Oct. 30, postponed Thursday's nominating vote of the House Republican Conference after McCarthy disclosed his decision.
The Oct. 29 vote by the full House, which includes Democrats, remains as scheduled.
"I have been a big supporter of Dan Webster from Florida to be the next speaker of the House," Jones said. "He was my choice."
The congressman, 72, who has been in the House since 1995, told Newsmax that the new House leadership should be of good moral standing.
To that end, Jones sent a letter to conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state asking that any candidate not have "skeletons in the closest" that could be used to embarrass themselves, the House or even Republicans.
"Things have started changing here in Washington over the years, and money now controls just about everything up here — in policy and those type of things," Jones said.
"I'm a man who believes that if you have to prove yourself to serve, you should try to live by ethics. That should be your main goal. Nobody's perfect, nobody's going to be perfect, but this is an honor to be here. There's no question about it."
"If your conference is going to nominate you to be in a leadership role, I felt that there should be no skeletons in the closet of anyone who wants to be in leadership or any other member of Congress, actually."
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