Kentucky Democrat 'takes no joy' in House Speaker drama, urges action to get spending back on track
Kentucky’s lone Democrat on Capitol Hill, Rep. Morgan McGarvey, is responding to the drama surrounding the ouster of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Third Congressional District Democratic Rep. Morgan McGarvey says he and his party stand ready to “govern responsibly” amid the scramble to reelect a Speaker. The former state senator said the disarray isn’t in the country’s interest.
"No business can take place until we have a new Speaker and that's why I absolutely take no in the Republican dysfunction we're seeing right now," McGarvey said in a social media post. "We have to govern. We have less than 45 days for the government to be funded and remain open. We just made progress on that last week and here we are going back before square one with the removal of the Speaker."
McGarvey was among the Democrats who voted in lockstep with the handful of breakaway hard-right members of the House to remove the Speaker — leading to the leadership vacuum.
In the meantime, Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr had strong words for Republican colleagues who split from the majority.
"When you have a narrow majority, unity is our ally. Disunity is the enemy of the conservative cause, and today is evidence of the fact that we have now given our majority over to (Democratic House Leader) Hakeem Jeffries because we have refused to stay unified," Barr told Fox News.
As for the new race to replace McCarthy, Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie weighed in on social media, saying he supports Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan for the position, but later posted a poll asking readers whether they prefer Jordan or Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.