January 28, 2023

During the GOP House chaos, Rep. Rep. Rogers expressed regret for fighting with Getz

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Representative Mike D. Rogers (R-Ala.) is expressing his dismay after nearly coming to blows with Rep. Matt Getz (R-Fla.) over the House speaker vote in a messy scene Friday night.

Rogers, who is poised to become chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, tweeted late Sunday that he and Getz “have had a long and productive working relationship that I am sure will continue.” He added: “I regret that I briefly lost my temper on the floor of the House on Friday evening and appreciate Matt’s good understanding.”

Gaetz tweeted a response, saying the two have worked together for six years and will continue to collaborate going forward. “I don’t think there should be any punishment or retribution because he has an animated moment. He has my forgiveness,” Gates wrote.

Late Friday, when the House voted on the 14th ballot for speaker, Gaines voted “present,” denying Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) the speakership by a single vote.

McCarthy and some of his associates rushed to Getz to question him. But it was Rogers who came quickly and leaned angrily towards Getz. Representative Richard Hudson (RN.C.) stopped himGrabbed Rogers by the chin and shoulder and led him away.

McCarthy won the vote for Speaker on the 15th ballot as Gates and other GOP opponents voted out.

Like Jacqueline Alemany and Mariana Sotomayor of The Washington Post report, Rogers’ anger at Gaetz may stem from a potential offer floated by Republican leadership to give Gaetz a subcommittee on the Armed Services Committee, according to two people familiar with the dynamics.

Rogers believes there are better people to lead the subcommittee than Getz, according to one lawmaker who spoke on condition of anonymity to freely describe private discussions.

“That might give you some perspective on why Mike Rogers exploded on the floor,” the lawmaker said.

Places on committees and subcommittee chairs were a key part of negotiations with McCarthy holdouts last week, but it was unclear whether any positions were guaranteed or used as negotiating tools.