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Gabrielle M. Etzel, Healthcare Reporter


NextImg:Tom McClintock mocks the 'Gaetz eight' for dramatic censure letter: 'We don't deserve you'


Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) on Saturday scathingly critiqued seven of the eight Republican representatives who offered to accept discipline for dividing the Republican conference in exchange for votes to elect Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as Speaker of the House.

McClintock sarcastically wrote in a letter addressed to all eight representatives who voted against former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) that the group's attempt at bargaining was "perhaps the most selfless act in American history."

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"We should have appreciated how you (and 206 House Democrats) saved us from a Republican Speaker," wrote McClintock. "We truly don't deserve you."

The group of lawmakers headed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) maintained in their letter that, although they do not regret their decision to remove McCarthy from his leadership position, they would have been willing to accept punishment "in a manner that embraces reconciliation."

The offer came shortly after Jordan lost his third round of speaker votes on Friday but before the conference voted to abandon Jordan after 25 Republicans voted against his nomination despite the best efforts of Ohio Republicans.

"With this in mind," wrote McClintock, "I modestly suggest that you plan your martydom in the only way that truly matters: to have the wisdom to see the damage you have done to our country and to have the courage to set things right before it's too late."

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Without a Speaker, the lower chamber of the legislature is essentially frozen, unable to make progress on the funding agreement that must be passed by Nov. 16 to avoid another government shutdown. A Speaker is also necessary to provide emergency funding to Israel in their conflict with Hamas.

"I enclose a proposed resolution that perhaps one of you can offer as we begin the fourth week of national paralysis and as the world burns around us," wrote McClintock.