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Moskowitz: ‘No Way’ Dems Help Marjorie Taylor Greene Remove Speaker Johnson

By Jake Beardslee · April 28, 2024

Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.), a centrist House Democrat, firmly rejected the idea of his colleagues supporting Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-Ga.) effort to remove House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) from his position.  Florida House of Representatives/Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

Greene has not ruled out forcing a vote on her "motion to vacate" against Johnson when the House returns on Monday.  Office of Congressman Mike Johnson/Wikimedia

While many Democrats have stated their opposition to ousting Johnson, especially after he secured aid for Ukraine, Moskowitz went a step further in his comments on MSNBC's "The Weekend."  U.S. House of Representatives/Wikimedia

He said, "I've said this before and I think there are other members who feel the same way, the idea of allowing Marjorie Taylor Greene ... [to remove] any speaker and having that powerful moment, there is just no way Democrats are going to let her do that."  Florida House of Representatives/Wikimedia

Moskowitz added, "I'm not going to let her do that. We won't even let her name a post office. We're not going to let her take out the speaker."  Florida House of Representatives/Wikimedia

The sentiment expressed by Moskowitz aligns with the position of House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who has suggested that Democrats would likely support Johnson remaining as speaker.  US Congress/Wikimedia

However, Moskowitz acknowledged, "obviously we'll wait for Leader Jeffries to figure out that solution."  Florida House of Representatives/Wikimedia

Despite House Democratic leadership urging caution, many Democrats have openly dismissed the idea of removing Johnson, citing concerns about rewarding hardliners like Greene or plunging the House into further chaos and unproductivity.  Office of Representative Mike Johnson/Wikimedia

As Moskowitz stated, "Most House Democrats agree: It would ultimately come down to Jeffries."  Florida House of Representatives/Wikimedia