Emotions intensified late Friday near the end of the 14th vote for U.S. House speaker.
Earlier, U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) had hinted that they would drop their opposition to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) bid for speaker.
Both Boebert and Gaetz voted "present," but it was not enough as McCarthy fell one vote shy of securing the speakership, 216 for McCarthy, 212 for U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jefferies (D-NY), four for others and two as present.
However, after an apparent tense exchange between McCarthy and Gaetz following the vote, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) was seen advancing toward Gaetz and had to be restrained.
Jeff Poor is the executive editor 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 jeff.poor@1819News.com or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.
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