Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has responded to the news that Republican Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida is seeking to become Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Donalds only served one full term in the House of Representatives. His most recent work was submitting falsified evidence in an impeachment inquiry. These people aren’t serious.” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, who is currently portion her third term.
Donalds and a number of other Republicans have thrown their hats in the ring since Rep. Jim Jordan’s bid for speaker failed. Donald’s had Voted for Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, in all three ballots this week. But in each round, Jordan failed to garner enough support to secure the speakership.
“Tonight I am announcing my candidacy for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. My sole focus will be securing our border, responsibly funding our government, advancing a conservative vision for the House of Representatives and the American people, and expanding our Republican majority,” Donalds said in a statement opinion.
“UNDER MY LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE WILL EXECUTIVE A SIMPLE GOAL: TO PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST, ENSURE THEIR SAFETY AND MAKE THEIR LIVES EASIER,” he noted. “I look forward to securing the votes of a majority of my Republican colleagues to become the first African-American speaker, the first speaker from the great state of Florida, and the next speaker of the 118th Congress.”
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, who did not support Jordan in the three votes this week, has voiced his support for Donalds. “@ByronDonalds is an honorable leader and is respected by the entire conference. That’s why it’s an honor to support Byron as a speaker,” he said tweeted.
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