Washington : Apna Punjab Media : The race to replace the ousted Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives intensifies this week amid questions over whether anyone is capable of unifying the chaotic party’s warring factions. Kevin McCarthy was ousted in a stunning mutiny last week orchestrated by the far right, leaving efforts to avert a looming government shutdown in a tailspin. It also raised serious questions over continuing US aid to war torn Ukraine and, more immediately, over Congress’ ability to respond quickly to a crisis like the attack on Israel.
McCarthy was removed, Representative Matt Gaetz, a leader of the mutiny, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, “because he made multiple contradictory promises to people (in both parties) that ultimately could not be reconciled. Bracing for more of the disarray that marked McCarthy’s eviction, House Republicans are due to host a “candidate forum” Tuesday to pick their new standard-bearer, followed by a vote behind closed doors Wednesday.