Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers apologizes for ‘lost temper’ in House speaker vote

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., left, pulls Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., back as they talk with Rep....
Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., left, pulls Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., back as they talk with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and other during the 14th round of voting for speaker as the House meets for the fourth day to try and elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. At right is Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Published: Jan. 9, 2023 at 5:37 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, (WSFA) - Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., apologized over the weekend to a fellow congressman after he says he “lost my temper” during Friday night’s 14th failed vote for then-House speaker nominee Kevin McCarthy.

Rogers, shouting, approached the seat of Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., before another Republican, Richard Hudson, of North Carolina, physically pulled him back, the Associated Press reported.

McCarthy would go on to win the speaker’s position after a 15th vote, but not before tensions boiled over in the U.S. House.

The California lawmaker fell short by a single vote on the 14th attempt and was seen making his way to Gaetz’s seat. After a brief conversation between McCarthy, Gaetz and others, Rogers could be seen approaching the group before being pulled back.

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Rogers, who has served Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District since 2003, was a supporter of McCarthy’s bid for the speakership while Gaetz and a group of approximately 20 other Republicans had been outspoken opponents of his selection.

The opposition’s size dwindled as McCarthy made concessions, but Gaetz remained a key holdout that prevented his election. Gaetz ultimately chose to vote present instead of for McCarthy, a move that lowered the numerical threshold needed for McCarthy to win the speaker’s position.

Rogers shared his apology on a retweet from Gaetz’s social media account in which the Florida lawmaker said they’d had a “six-year productive, working relationship” and noted that he didn’t think Rogers should face any punishment for Friday night’s incident.

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