Rep. Andy Biggs is challenging Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) announced Monday that he will challenge House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the Speaker’s gavel.

The former leader of the House Freedom Caucus said hitting McCarthy would be “tough” but he believed there had to be a changeinstitutional orientation and development” of the house.

“We have a new paradigm here and I think the country wants a different direction than the House of Representatives,” Biggs said during an appearance on Newsmax Monday night.

“I’m going to be nominated for the position of Speaker of the House tomorrow. We’ll see if we can get the job done and the votes – it’s going to be difficult,” added Biggs.

Biggs emerged as a possible speakership challenger last week when he said McCarthy’s long-awaited accession should not be taken as a “foregone conclusion”.

To win as Speaker of the House of Representatives, a candidate needs 218 votes.
Biggs hopes to replace McCarthy for more transparency.
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“I would say maybe not so soon. Maybe we should have a good discussion within the confines of our internal body,” Biggs said last week.

The Arizona Republican added Monday that his candidacy isn’t just about replacing McCarthy, but also about making the House of Representatives “more open” and “more transparent.”

“Kevin raised a lot of money and did a lot of things, but this isn’t just about Kevin. I think it’s about the institutional direction and the course. And that’s where we’ll see if we have enough people who agree that we need to change the trajectory of that place,” Biggs said.

If there is a leadership vote on Tuesday, Republicans will nominate a candidate for the House of Representatives, which the new Congress will hold a full-member vote on next year. The candidate needs at least 218 votes to become speaker.

https://nypost.com/2022/11/14/rep-andy-biggs-challenges-kevin-mccarthy-for-house-speaker/ Rep. Andy Biggs is challenging Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House

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