Jason Chaffetz sounds off on speaker stalemate, says GOP House oversight already two months behind

Former United States Representative Jason Chaffetz tried to present both sides concerning Republicans not being able to rally around one candidate for Speaker of the House, putting the position in jeopardy.

(Video Credit: Fox News)

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee also sat in on the discussion on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday and he is of the opinion that Republicans need to knock it off and just go with Kevin McCarthy or they risk Democrat Hakeem Jeffries becoming Speaker of the House.

Hannity asked Chaffetz if that could happen, “One Republican floated that idea, Jason Chaffetz. I don’t believe that’s possible. I’d be shocked if it happened. It would be horrible for the country. How do you think this plays out?”

“It better not happen. I can’t imagine a scenario where it does happen. But they do need to find a consensus candidate. I can argue both sides of this. I really can. I can see both sides. I can see where it is impossible to get to where they want to get to, but somehow they gotta figure it out. That’s the way our Founders set it up and they gotta figure out a solution.,” Chaffetz asserted.

“We’re about two months behind on our oversight. Normally you have committee chairs that have been elected. Members know what committees they’re on. Consequently, they can hire the staff. None of that has even begun. So don’t think we’re just two days behind. We’re about two months behind,” he stated.


At that point, Hannity interjected, pointing out that Republicans have to coalesce around one candidate.

“Jason… what you’re saying, a consensus candidate… what are we going to do? Just keep throwing out a new name every day and vote for a different person every day? You know the one thing that I think that people are not paying attention to is the commitments to America. People need to read it. That is the ‘America First’ Donald Trump agenda,” Hannity remarked.

“And then if you look at the investigations, he is committed to all of them. And he’s added to that the motion to vacate in case he doesn’t keep his promises. It seems pretty fair to me.” the Fox News host said referring to Kevin McCarthy.

“I think you’re hitting the two sides. And again, give me a moment to give both sides, okay?” Chaffetz responded.

The former congressman then attempted to lay out both sides of the complicated issue.

“On the one side, you might able to argue to them, ‘What are you worried about? Give him a chance. You know, they are taking the gavel away from Nancy Pelosi. That’s a good thing. Didn’t hit the numbers you were supposed to, but what are you worried about? You can vacate the chair with five people. I can’t believe he would even agree to that. I think the number should be more like 25, but I think he’s agreed to that,” he continued.

“On the other hand, they’re looking at it saying, ‘We report to our constituents. We don’t report to you Washington, DC,'” Chaffetz added before being interrupted by Hannity.

Hannity never did let him finish, pointing out what the 20 conservatives standing against McCarthy were fighting for. Those issues include spending, the border, and term limits.

Both Hannity and Huckabee believe that the Republicans standing against McCarthy should stand down so the GOP can get on with investigations and with stopping the Democrats. Chaffetz attempted to look at it from both sides which, in the end, is what is needed.

Conservatives move into a third day of voting for the speakership Thursday with a seventh vote on tap. Compromise appears to be the only way out of this mess at this point in the political game.

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