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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Urges 5 House Republicans To Vote For Hakeem Jeffries To Be Speaker

While Democrats aren’t formally engaged in trying to flip any Republican speaker votes yet, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) powerfully argued why five of them should vote for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries for speaker.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:

The math is simple. The odds of Steve Scalise flipping 107 votes are not great, so it would be much easier for 5 House Republicans in districts that President Biden won to vote for Hakeem Jeffries. Rep. Jeffries represents stable leadership and governing. Electing Jeffries would end the chaos.

Frankly, the only other Republican option is Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). He also can’t win a speaker election. Kevin McCarthy has said that he doesn’t want to come back, so either the House stays wholly broken, and House Republicans get wiped out in next year’s election, or some version of a bipartisan majority is formed and ends the tyranny of the MAGA minority.

In a sane world, five Republicans would cross over and end the insanity. However, House politics are about self-interest, and five incumbent House Republicans will not serve themselves up to be primaried in 2024 by voting for Hakeem Jeffries.

House Democrats like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez should keep trying, but the nation is probably stuck being hostages of the MAGA chaos mongers of the House.

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