Wednesday, immediately after the vote to confirm U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) as the U.S. Speaker of the House, U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) offered his assessment of the new House Speaker.
The Enterprise Republican gave Johnson high marks and explained the behind-the-scenes challenges were a product of "old guard" Republicans and those concerned about the direction of the country.
However, he said he believed Johnson would prove to be a "true conservative leader."
"Well, there's a reason we have a majority and granted. It's a slim majority," he said. "But, we put Mike Johnson in there. We saw the disastrous policies when we had one party running D.C. It was Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the Biden White House. We saw crazy inflation, a border that is super-porous now. We've got people coming from all over the world here. And, you know, look, Mike Johnson followed. Hakeem Jeffries. I thought my Hakeem was a little bit too offensive. He was attacking our party. Mike comes up with an effort to unite, and he will lead. There will be common ground where there can be common ground."
"But if you ever put the American people last, that's where you cross Mike Johnson and our party," Moore continued. "And Mike's going to stand for what makes America great as we continue that fight. We're going to support him. He's a man of faith. I appreciate that about him. And listen within the Republican conference, there was a divide. There's that old guard Republican group of people that, hey, we're $33 trillion in debt. They haven't passed an [appropriations] in 26 years."
"And there's new majorities coming in from all over the country," he added. "And their new leadership coming in from populist districts that are saying, 'Hey, we want to see a change in D.C. We're tired of business as usual.' And that's why there was a little bit of a battle behind the scenes, but we came out as a winner with a true conservative leader. And I think it's going to be great for our country, great for a party and certainly good for the globe as America is strong, the rest of the world is safe.”
Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.
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