Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., said Monday that she's still contemplating which way she would vote if a motion to vacate is brought against House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., later this week.
Her Republican colleague Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has vowed to bring the motion, though he's threatened that several times before.
During an interview Monday on "The View," Mace said her frustrations with McCarthy are for "very different reasons."
"I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do," Mace said when asked which way she'd vote.
"I empathize with Matt Gaetz over his frustration," Mace went on. "My frustration is a little bit different, but I was made promises by the Speaker that have not been kept. I've been a strong fighter for women's rights since overturning Roe v. Wade — actually, since before then — I've negotiated my own deals, my own promises, on women's issues, on gun violence, on balancing the budget. None of those promises have been kept."
"I'm frustrated equally but for different, different, very different reasons," she said.
Gaetz this time has threatened the motion to vacate the chair over McCarthy's stopgap bill that passed the House of Representatives on Saturday with the help of Democrats. Gaetz is staunchly opposed to continuing resolutions in the first place, but even more infuriating for the Florida firebrand is that the CR funded at current levels — no spending cuts — and added no policy provisions for the border.
However, a handful of House Republicans — including McCarthy — say Gaetz is waging a personal — not policy — war against the Speaker, something Gaetz denied Sunday.
Regardless, McCarthy pledged to be the "adult in the room" to avert a federal government shutdown, which he successfully did, and cajoled Gaetz to "bring it on" the motion during a Sunday news talk program.
In the end, Mace doesn't think a move on McCarthy will work.
"I think there are about a dozen or so Republicans that will support the motion to vacate. It's hard to say what's going to happen. I think McCarthy will get the votes if Democrats support him," Mace said on the show.
"I think there any number of people that could replace him, I don't think it actually happens though. I think he's going to have the votes with Democrats' support."
Mark Swanson, a Newsmax writer and editor, has nearly three decades of experience covering news, culture and politics.
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