WASHINGTON — Nearly two weeks ago, members of the House Freedom Caucus voted to oust Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from the ultraconservative group. It is still unclear whether this vote was successful.
Since that June 23 Freedom Caucus meeting, Speaker Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Greene have had several conversations. But a Republican source familiar with those conversations said Perry did not directly inform Greene that she had been kicked out of the caucus.
Another Republican source, who requested anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said Perry didn’t bring up the subject because he wanted to sit down and talk to Greene about it in person, which will likely happen the next day. next week.
Perry and the Freedom Caucus have not publicly commented on the matter since the meeting. In an email Thursday, an HFC spokesperson responded to questions, saying, “HFC does not comment on membership or internal process.”
The vote to boot the congresswoman, who goes by the moniker MTG, came after some of her fellow conservatives became furious over her support for Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., successful speaker bid and his $1,000 cap deal. debt with President Joe Biden.
But perhaps the straw that broke the camel’s back was her run-in last month with Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., whom she called “little b—-” at the floor of the house.
A Freedom Caucus meeting was hastily called at 8 a.m. on the last day before the two-week July 4 holiday, two days later, and a vote to remove Greene from the caucus was held, two familiar sources say. . A third source close to the deliberations said the vote was overwhelming in favor of ousting Greene.
“The vote was taken to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House Freedom Caucus for some of the things she did,” a member of the group, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday.
“The way she referred to another member was probably not how we expect our members to refer to other members, especially women,” he said.
But several members of the Freedom Caucus said they were not informed in advance of the meeting’s agenda and did not attend. The morning meeting was held on a Friday before recess and it is not clear if there were enough members present for a quorum.
Multiple sources have described the puzzling situation as “a mess,” and the group will almost certainly have to revisit Greene’s membership when lawmakers return from recess next week.
Greene is one of the biggest names in the Freedom Caucus and was one of the biggest fundraisers for the House Freedom Fund, a caucus-aligned super PAC.
“The fact that they’re rejecting her doesn’t hurt her,” another House Republican source said. “The most important signal for her that demonstrates her independence is her fundraising prowess. And that’s going to be missed at the HFC.
In a defiant statement to NBC News, Greene suggested she was not beholden to the Freedom Caucus, but also gave no indication whether she was in or out of the group.
“In Congress, I serve Northwest Georgia first and I do not serve any group in Washington,” Greene said in a statement. . …I will work with ANYONE who wants to secure our border, protect our children in the womb and after birth, end eternal foreign wars, and do the work to save this country.”
“The GOP has less than two years to show America what a strong, unified Republican-led Congress will do when President Trump wins the White House in 2024,” she continued. “That’s my goal, nothing else.”