‘Removing any member from a committee solely because they voted according to their constituents wishes is viewed very poorly by the general public…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Establishment Republicans in Congress wielded their mafia-style tactics to take revenge on Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., who dared to withhold his vote from the Republican heir-apparent for speaker of the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
When Republican leaders in the Steering Committee released a list of assignments on Thursday, Hice had lost his seat on the House Armed Services Committee, The Atlanta Journal–Constitution reported.
Two weeks ago, Hice voted for Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to serve as speaker instead of McCarthy.
Jordan received 43 votes in total, compared to McCarthy’s 159 votes, Roll Call reported.
McCarthy was elected House minority leader after Speaker Nancy Pelosi soundly beat him with 220 votes. Only 15 Democrats defected against Pelosi, despite many declarations and campaign promises from incoming representatives who said they would oust the San Francisco liberal from the party leadership.
The current Freedom Caucus chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., had no doubt in his mind that Hice lost his seat for failing to follow orders from the establishment.
“Removing any member from a committee solely because they voted according to their constituents wishes is viewed very poorly by the general public and is the kind of punishment politics that American people hate,” Meadows said.
Hice has defied the mainstream GOP on many issues in the past few years, voting against multiple spending bills that he viewed as fiscally irresponsible.
However, a Republican Congressional aide said the removal of Hice from the Armed Services Committee was not a “McCarthy vendetta.”
The aide said Hice simply did not share the Republican Party’s priorities.
Another aide said McCarthy actually nominated Hice for a position on the committee, but the GOP leadership did not move forward with the nomination.
Hice, who said in a statement that he was “disappointed,” vowed to “remain steadfast” in his advocacy for the military,” The AJ–C reported.
“I’m deeply honored to be their voice in Washington and will continue to support our men and women in uniform, fight for conservative policies, and help advance the President’s agenda,” he said.
Hice has distanced himself from the party’s mainstream through the years, positioning himself to be a favorite in the race for chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, a position he has expressed interest in.