Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has been overwhelmingly ousted from the House Freedom Caucus. Her removal came as a result of consistently aligning herself with Speaker Kevin McCarthy on crucial votes.
Greene, who joined the caucus upon entering Congress in 2021, has emerged as a prominent supporter of McCarthy in the 118th Congress. She backed him during a series of 15 votes that secured his speakership in January. Additionally, Greene has engaged in repeated conflicts with fellow HFC member Lauren Boebert of Colorado, even resorting to derogatory remarks by calling her “a little bitch” on the House floor.
The expulsion of Greene was confirmed by Representative Andy Harris of Maryland, who stated that the feud with Boebert was the final straw leading to her removal.
Saw this conversation… not sure if it was a friendly one pic.twitter.com/tpz3z2Phtv
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 21, 2023
Harris emphasized that the disrespectful way in which Greene referred to her fellow member, especially a female colleague, was not in line with the expected conduct among members. Following a meeting on June 30, HFC members voted overwhelmingly to remove Greene. However, the group postponed the formal expulsion until a meeting between Greene and chairman Scott Perry of Pennsylvania could take place. The status of the Greene-Perry meeting remains unconfirmed according to sources familiar with HFC dynamics.
Despite her removal, Greene shows no signs of relenting in her feud with the HFC. She recently launched repeated criticisms against long-time member Ken Buck of Colorado due to his opposition to cutting funding for the Department of Justice. Buck, a former federal prosecutor, has cautioned his colleagues to exercise caution on this issue.
Both Marjorie Taylor Greene’s spokesperson and a representative for the House Freedom Caucus declined to comment on her current status within the caucus.
Freedom Caucus member Andy Harris says his understanding is MTG no longer a member of the group after vote last month (that @Olivia_Beavers scooped at the time)
That means, he noted, she can no longer attend the group’s weekly meetings.
Harris called it “an appropriate action”
— Jordain Carney (@jordainc) July 6, 2023