While Rogers advanced on Gaetz and Boebert, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) grabbed the Alabamian from behind to pull him back, sparking worries a physical fight might have soon erupted on the floor if not for Hudson’s intervention. Nonetheless, Gaetz and Rogers appeared to have patched things up by Sunday.
“[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,” Rogers tweeted after Gaetz also publicly shared that he forgives Rogers and doesn’t think he should face any “reprisal” for that moment.
But that public moment wasn’t Rogers’ only high-profile confrontation with McCarthy’s foes during the speaker race. Earlier last week, he angrily vowed during a private conference meeting that any members who opposed the Californian’s bid for speaker would lose their committee assignments.
While McCarthy sought to move on from that suggestion, members who took part in the painstaking negotiations that ultimately got him the gavel said the Californian didn’t make it sufficiently clear that lawmakers wouldn’t be punished for their early resistance. That, some McCarthy allies said, amounted to a tactical error that made his internal problems worse last week.
Importantly, Rogers’ own time-consuming committee role — he’s set to chair the Armed Services Committee — no doubt played a role in his plans to step aside from the steering panel, which is expected to dole out assignments sometime this week.
Meanwhile, during last week’s talks, Gaetz pushed for a gavel on a subpanel of the Armed Services Committee, according to one member involved in the negotiations.