Thursday, during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Jesse Watters Primetime,” Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) said he expected Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) would “close the deal” in his bid for Speaker of the House.
Donalds criticized how outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) handled business in the House of Representatives and said he hoped to see a speaker who would allow Congress to function as a “bottom-up process.”
“I don’t really get too much into that,” Donalds said. “That’s all, you know, that’s puff talk. At the end of the day, Republicans are going to get together. We’re going to pick a speaker. The leader in the clubhouse is Kevin McCarthy. Make no mistakes about that. He’s the leader in the clubhouse, but you got to close that deal. I do not believe that there are Republicans in our conference, whether they’re moderate Republicans or conservative Republicans, that are going to seed power to the Democrats.”