Tom Emmer drops out of race for House Speaker

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Rep. Tom Emmer, the House majority leader whose bid for House speaker was in immediate jeopardy Tuesday afternoon, has tried to balance a sometimes moderate voting record while trying to appeal to the Party’s base Republican aligned with Donald Trump.

The Minnesota Republican emerged Tuesday afternoon as the new candidate for House speaker in the fight to succeed Kevin McCarthy. But with a razor-thin Republican majority in the House, Emmer can only afford to lose four Republicans, and 26 voted against him behind closed doors. And despite a phone call with Trump over the weekend, the former president has posted negative messages about Emmer on his Truth Social platform in recent days.

Several Republicans who oppose Emmer told CNN on Tuesday that they will not change their position and are calling for a new candidate.

Emmer has recently come under fire from the right wing of the Republican conference for, among other things, voting in favor of bipartisan legislation to prevent a debt default and codify same-sex marriage.

Perhaps most importantly, he voted to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, a blatant rejection of Trump’s oft-repeated falsehoods that the results were illegitimate.

But Emmer has a history of supporting the former president. In interviews and public comments, reviewed by CNN’s KFile before the presidential vote, Emmer also refused to say that Joe Biden won the election and criticized the press for calling the race in the wake of the 2020 election.

The Minnesota lawmaker was first elected to Congress in 2014 and became majority leader earlier this year. Emmer, who lost the race for Minnesota governor in 2010, was a state representative from 2004 to 2008. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

As majority leader, Emmer has experience keeping the Republican Party’s narrow majority in line. Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry, who is currently speaker pro tempore of the House of Representatives, told CNN in January that Emmer helped spur negotiations between the 20 hardliners and the president’s office that ultimately earned McCarthy the gavel. after 15 votes.

McCarthy endorsed the Minnesota Republican for president and urged the conference to elect him before the weekend.

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