U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) are apparently back on good terms following an outburst by Rogers Friday night during the final hours of the U.S. House Speaker race.
Late into the night, during the 14th vote for Speaker, Rogers had to be restrained when he appeared to shout and lunge at Gaetz for voting "present" and costing U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) the majority needed for Speakership. McCarthy ultimately won the race on the next ballot.
Gaetz was the first to publicly clear the air Sunday during an appearance on Fox News, where he said he forgave Rogers and believed they would work well together on the House Armed Services Committee.
"Of course, in a late-night moment of high drama, people can have moments of frustration," Gaetz said. "Mike Rogers and I have a six-year productive, working relationship. We're going to work together wonderfully going forward.
"I don't think there should be any punishment or reprisal just because he had an animated moment. He has my forgiveness and is certainly someone who has done great things for our national defense and will continue to do those great things."
Rogers responded to Gaetz's remarks on Twitter, saying he regretted losing his temper on the House Floor.
"[Gaetz] and I have a long and productive working relationship that I am sure will continue. I regret that I briefly lost my temper on the House Floor Friday evening and appreciate Matt's kind understanding."
.@RepMattGaetz and I have a long and productive working relationship, that I am sure will continue. I regret that I briefly lost my temper on the House Floor Friday evening and appreciate Matt’s kind understanding. https://t.co/8GmbJHO3cK— Mike Rogers (@RepMikeRogersAL) January 8, 2023
Gaetz was the de facto leader of the handful of Republicans voting against McCarthy. Despite the long hours and tough negotiations — including when Rogers threatened the holdouts' committee assignments — Gaetz said the historic 15 rounds of voting were worth it due to the many concessions they were able to get from McCarthy.
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