Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has officially announced his own bid for the House speaker role, vowing to “bridge the divide” that’s been tearing at Republican legislators for quite some time.
“I’m offering myself as an alternative,” Chaffetz said during a “Fox News Sunday” interview. “I think I can bridge that divide.”
Talk flew around Capitol Hill on Friday about the possibility of a Chaffetz challenge to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the emerging frontrunner to replace John Boehner, who is due to retire from Congress and his speaker slot at the end of October.
McCarthy is considered too establishment by some; Chaffetz said he was recruited by Republicans to provide a more conservative alternative.
“You just don’t give a promotion to the existing leadership team,” said Chaffetz, Fox News reported. “That doesn’t signal change.”
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The only other Republican who’s announced a run at the speaker role is Rep. Dan Webster from Florida.
The party will vote privately on Thursday, and the on the House floor sometime before the end of the month. The successful speaker candidate needs 218 votes in the second, full vote to win the job.