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(RepublicanWire.org) – Incoming GOP congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna (FL) said Friday that she was threatened by a sitting House member to commit to backing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for speaker.

“I got a very inappropriate phone call,” Luna told Steve Bannon in an interview. “Another member had called me basically to whip votes for the speaker’s race and ultimately ended up threatening me.”

Luna, who is set to represent Florida’s 13th District, said it was a female member who issued the threat.

“I let that female member know that I wasn’t going to basically be threatened,” she said. “I don’t think I need to put that person’s name out there because I think that they are probably embarrassed about doing that.”

McCarthy’s office did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

Luna does not think incidents such as hers are uncommon in Congress, she said.

“I’m not going to be bullied,” the incoming congresswoman said. “If you are going to negotiate in good faith, negotiate in good faith, but don’t resort to threatening people.”

She expects some anger when she arrives in Washington, D.C., she said.

“I’m doing this not because I want to go hang out in D.C.,” the Floridian said. “I’m doing this because it needs to be done right now.”

Luna lauded a few of her colleagues but made it clear that her vote for speaker Tuesday is hers alone.

“I will not be voting for anyone that does not embrace that motion to vacate the chair, and I don’t care who that is,” she said. McCarthy has since made the concession of lowering the threshold for a motion to vacate.

Several other Republicans share Luna’s ambivalence to electing a speaker who would not lower the threshold on a motion to vacate the seat.

McCarthy has tried to stymie such sentiment regarding his potential election.

“Just as the Speaker is elected by the whole body, we will restore the ability for any 5 members of the majority party to initiate a vote to remove the Speaker if so warranted,” he wrote in a letter to colleagues Sunday.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is not a very popular guy on the right at the moment.

Conservatives are unhappy about the way that McConnell handled the midterms, as well as his willingness to work with Democrats on spending for Ukraine.

Conservative analyst Mollie Hemingway is now saying that Republicans are going to keep having problems until McConnell is no longer in office.

She writes at The Federalist:

GOP Can’t Be Successful Until Mitch McConnell Is Gone

Comments Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made on Tuesday show why he has become the single biggest obstacle to GOP success.

The Kentucky Republican claimed giving more money to Ukraine is “the No. 1 priority for the United States right now, according to most Republicans.” The new $1.7 trillion Democrat spending bill he enthusiastically supports would give Ukraine another roughly $45 billion in assistance, bringing the total over the past eight months to more than $100 billion, a staggering figure even if it weren’t happening during a time of inflation, looming recession, and other serious domestic problems.

The comment about Republican priorities is so false as to be completely delusional. Among the many concerns Republican voters have with Washington, D.C., a failure to give even more money to Ukraine simply does not rank.

A large coalition of conservative groups, including the Heritage Foundation and the Conservative Partnership Institute, publicly opposed ramming through more Ukraine support during the lame-duck session before Republicans take over control of the House on Jan. 3, 2023. Strong pluralities and majorities of Republicans have told pollsters they want decreases, not increases, in foreign spending and global military involvement.

Many Republican voters support helping Ukraine fight Russia’s unjust invasion, but it is absolutely nowhere near their top issue, contrary to McConnell’s false claim.

Conservatives are tired of feeling betrayed.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The Biden White House is blaming Republicans for the historic crisis on the southern border.

Title 42, a pandemic-era program that blocked migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S., ends next week, just days before Christmas, and migrants are staging by the thousands to illegally enter the U.S. when that happens. Officials are saying the numbers crossing into the U.S. from Mexico could reach 14,000 a day — never mind that the numbers currently exceed 8,000 on many days.

But White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre not only claims that President Biden has put in “the work” to secure the border, but that the Republican Party is to blame for the crisis.

The number of migrants flowing into the U.S. under Biden’s watch is staggering at this point and if it continues, will nearly double the estimated population of 11 million illegal immigrants in just 4 years — some experts put the current number in America at 20 million or more. According to federal authorities, 2.76 million people were encountered in the last fiscal year attempting to cross the border illegally. This figure does not include hundreds of thousands of known got-aways. In the previous year, the total was somewhere around 2 million, and to be clear, the pace is only increasing, with border officials stating on Monday that the previous 48 hours saw 16,000 migrant encounters.

Asked about the expected bum rush next week at Thursday’s press briefing, Jean-Pierre said the administration has “an intensive all-of-government effort underway to prepare” — their answer to the problem is to process the wave of humanity faster before releasing them into the U.S.

Jean-Pierre said there are 23,000 agents at the border “working night and day to protect and secure the border,” but that simply is not true. They are overwhelmed with processing the mind-boggling number of migrants encountered daily, as they now cross in battalion-size clips of 1,000 or more.

Jean-Pierre made it a point to blame the Trump administration for its successful efforts to slow the numbers flocking to America.

“What Americans should know is that the president has done the work to deal with what we’re seeing at the border since day one,” she said with a straight face. “What Americans should know is that the president put forth an immigration reform policy to make sure that we’re dealing with a broken system, to make sure that we’re able to protect DREAMers, to make sure that we deal with the backlog that we’re seeing with asylum seekers, to fix the gutted system that was — that has been around for some time but certainly was gutted by the last administration.”

The administration has said all along that the border is secure, and Jean-Pierre used the issue to advocate for immigration reform — see amnesty — that Democrats are pushing.

Axios reported that the Biden administration was considering a new post-Title 42 rule that would impose an asylum ban for roughly five months, but Jean-Pierre took to Twitter earlier this month to reassure migrants that the gates will remain open.

“The Administration is committed to continuing to secure our borders while maintaining safe, orderly and humane processing of migrants,” she tweeted. “This will remain the case when Title 42 is lifted. Reports that indicate U.S. policy will change are inaccurate; no such decisions have been made.”

The real “stunt” is feigning that the crisis is being dealt with when in reality the White House appears to be intentionally exacerbating the problem. To be clear, processing illegal immigrants faster is not going to “fix” the issue — unless the issue is artificially altering voter demographics in America to favor Democrats.

(RepublicanWire.org) – While the incoming House Republican majority is urging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to hold leverage on Democrats’ spending agenda before the new Congress, the leader is closing on a deal with Democrats anyway.

Instead of pushing a continuing resolution until after Republicans hold the House after Jan. 3, McConnell said a deal on a yearlong government funding bill are getting “close.”

Democrats said Tuesday they had been willing to pass legislation to keep the government operating past the end of the week and avoid a government shutdown — like was forced on then-President Donald Trump in the middle of his term.

“I think we’re very close to getting an omnibus appropriations bill,” McConnell told reporters after the Tuesday Republican Senate leaders’ lunch.

McConnell ruled out returning to Washington, D.C., to finish the omnibus after Christmas recess if it does not pass by Thursday, Dec. 22.

House Republicans say that McConnell, should only agree to help Democrats fund the government until mid-January. The timeline would give Republicans more leverage in budget negotiations since the party is set to control the House of Representatives. 

“Republican voters fought hard to win back control of the House to take away insane spending control from the Democrats,” said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. “Mitch McConnell is on the verge of taking away House Republicans’ power of the purse next year by making a dirty deal with the Democrats.”

Marjorie Taylor Greene wasn’t alone. Others have urged McConnell to wait for the GOP to be in power, before passing government spending for the entire year.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Mitt Romney went on an absolutely BIZARRE tirade that was a rollercoaster of opinions that do not align with the GOP.

When asked if he would support Donald Trump in the 2024 election Romney immediately responded in saying, “absolutely not!”

He went on to back up his statement claiming, “It’s not just because he loses…He’s simply not a person who ought to have the reins of the government of the United States.”

Then the Senator from Utah went on to defend Hunter Biden. Knowing the GOP is actively investigating Hunter for his foreign business deals using his fathers position as Vice President.

Check out what Mitt Romney said to reporters about the Hunter Biden investigations below:

“I think it’s really hard to know what the politics of a course of action might be in this day and age, to know where our party stands, what our base wants, what independent voters want … But I think you have to do what you think is right and I think the American people want us to tackle some of the big challenges we have—immigration, inflation, and so forth—and the other things that divert from those priorities I think are a waste of time,” Romney said signaling that a sitting President’s compromised son was a “waste of time.”

Of course, these comments did not bode well for Romney. Almost immediately after, many conservatives took to Twitter to rip Romney for his bizarre tirade.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) could be gearing up for a 2024 Presidential bid.

Rubio finished third in the GOP’s Presidential primary in 2016, behind former President Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz (Texas).

All the signs point to a possible 2024 bid as Rubio prepares to release his third book, “Decades of Decadence,” on June 13, 2023.

In 2015, months before announcing his intention to seek the Presidency, Rubio released his first book “American Dreams.”

The timing of his third book — the second released in 2021 outside election season — points to jockeying for the GOP primary.

Despite the confirmation of the 272-page book’s release date and publisher (Broadside Books — a division of Harper Collins), nothing exists about the contents of the book.

However, a 2023 book release comes as little exists in the way of Rubio being considered a contender in the 2024 GOP Presidential primaries.

Among the list of possible contenders — Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, among others — Rubio’s name hasn’t featured.

According to reporting by The Hill, citing two “GOP operatives,” Rubio will likely avail himself for a Presidential race if the opportunity for a bid opened up.

However, another operative noted that Rubio would have lost plenty of the voter base he had in 2016.

The operative pointed to two of Rubio’s surrogates in 2016 — Haley and another potential 2024 contender Senator Tim Scott (S.C.) — fielding Presidential bids of their own.

But the operative pointed to Rubio’s record of wins, being a “great communicator and a very skilled candidate” as reasons Rubio could be viable.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The failure to appeal to voters at a time when the nation has been hammered by the worst inflation in four decades, is being overrun by illegal immigrants and at risk of being sucked into a nuclear Armageddon by the Biden regime’s policies has left some Republicans suggesting that it may be time to tear down the party as it currently exists.

The one-two gut punch of election results from Arizona and Nevada showing that both GOP Senate candidates were declared losers that allowed the fully radicalized Democrat party to retain  their control over the upper chamber drew a strong reaction from Missouri Senator Josh Hawley as survivors pick through the smoldering rubble of a historic lost opportunity.

“The old party is dead. Time to bury it. Build something new,” Hawley tweeted on Saturday after the race in Nevada was called for Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto who came from behind to defeat Adam Laxalt, her GOP challenger.

Even before Democrat control of the Senate was confirmed, Hawley was highly critical of the GOP establishment for a squandered chance to erect a wall between the most destructive political entity in the nation’s history and hard-pressed Americans who have helplessly watched their country and constitutional rights being dismantled piece by piece by left-wing extremists.

“Washington Republicanism lost big Tuesday night. When your “agenda” is cave to Big Pharma on insulin, cave to Schumer on gun control & Green New Deal (“infrastructure”), and tease changes to Social Security and Medicare, you lose,” he wrote on Thursday.

“What are Republicans actually going to do for working people? How about, to start: tougher tariffs on China, reshore American jobs, open up American energy full throttle, 100k new cops on the street. Unrig the system,” Hawley said in another tweet.

Sen. Hawley is one of several Senate Republicans who have called for the postponement of next week’s leadership elections as discontent with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell grows in the aftermath of the midterm debacle and his lack of support to candidates supported by former President Donald J. Trump like Blake Masters in Arizona who lost his bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly.

On Friday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio who was just easily reelected took to Twitter, urging that the choice in leadership be put off in what many have interpreted as being a thinly veiled shot at McConnell.

“The Senate GOP leadership vote next week should be postponed,” Rubio wrote on Twitter. “First we need to make sure that those who want to lead us are genuinely committed to fighting for the priorities & values of the working Americans (of every background) who gave us big wins in states like #Florida,” he wrote.

“Exactly right. I don’t know why Senate GOP would hold a leadership vote for the next Congress before this election is finished. We have a runoff in #GASenate – are they saying that doesn’t matter? Don’t disenfranchise @HerschelWalker,” agreed Hawley before the Georgia runoff became irrelevant.

Presumably any part of trying “something new” would include a change in course from the failed leadership of McConnell whose fingerprints are all over the midterm disaster.

(RepublicanWire.org) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several other top Democrats in the U. S. House of Representatives will be served with subpoenas by House Republicans should the GOP prevail in retaking the House in the upcoming midterm elections.

According to some Congressional Republicans, the January 6 panel selectively subpoenaing House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of the Republican caucus has created a new standard that Republicans may choose to replicate upon retaking control of the House.

Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania have been subpoenaed along with McCarthy.

Reportedly, Republicans plan to target the House Speaker’s communications regarding security manners in the run-up to January 6, 2021, and the incidents occurring at the Capitol on that day.

Buddy Carter, a Republican representative from Georgia said, “I’m gonna tell you the truth: Yes, I do” when asked if he believes Republicans should issue a subpoena to Pelosi.

Rep. Carter continued, “This is setting the precedent, and we’re not gonna lie down and let this happen. There are serious questions about her role on January 6 and exactly what she did and what she didn’t do. And we need to get to the bottom of that.”

Brian Mast, a Republican representative from Florida, said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a subpoena there.”

However, Pelosi said on Friday that she is “never afraid of precedent.”

“I’m never afraid of precedent,” the longtime Democratic congresswoman said. “We’re seeking the truth, and we’re not going to be cowards about it.”

Reportedly since January 6, the “disdain” between Pelosi and McCarthy has been palpable.

Jim Banks, a Republican representative from Indiana, said that the selected committee should subpoena the speaker for her testimony about security preparations leading up to and failures on January 6.

Banks said, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the only person in the United States who has covered anything up related to January 6. So that’s who they should subpoena. She should be at the top of the list.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – In no surprise to conservatives, the GOP-led state of Florida outperformed Democrat-controlled California and New York when it came to their coronavirus responses, according to a comprehensive new study.

The conclusions vindicate the leadership of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was relentlessly vilified by Democrats and their corporate media allies over his pragmatic, science-based management of the pandemic.

In its 20-page report, the Committee to Unleash Prosperity said the states that followed the most draconian COVID-19 policies, such as closing schools and shutting down businesses. These states lagged behind states such as Florida that followed a commonsensical approach to the pandemic.

The study was authored by Wall Street Journal writer Stephen Moore, University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan and free-market policy analyst Phil Kerpen.

The research compared COVID-19 outcomes in all U.S. states based on three major variables: health outcomes, economic performance throughout the pandemic and impact on education.

According to the study, the outcomes in New York, New Jersey and California “were among the worst” in all three categories: mortality, economy and schooling.

In contrast, the best outcomes occurred in Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, South Dakota and Florida. All six states are led by Republican governors.

As a reminder, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace in August 2021 amid reports that he had ordered coronavirus patients to be admitted into nursing homes, resulting in the deaths of thousands of senior citizens.

Similarly, California Gov. Gavin Newsom came under fire for closing beaches and playgrounds in contravention of scientific studies showing that outdoor coronavirus transmission was negligible.

Newsom was also caught several times defying his own oppressive mask mandates.

This study proves that the policies of the left were an epic and utter failure.