Missouri GOP is at war with its own Freedom Caucus

Missouri GOP is at war with its own Freedom Caucus

On Wednesday, Missouri’s Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden announced that he was stripping several of his fellow Republican state senators of their committee chairmanships. After calling the start of the 2024 legislative session “nothing short of an embarrassment,” Rowden described members of the newly formed Missouri Freedom Caucus as “a small group of swamp creatures, who all too often remind me more of my children than my colleagues.”

The move comes after weeks of disastrous infighting, both on the floor and on social media.  Early in January, Rowden referred to the members of the far-right caucus as “so-called conservatives” whose concept of governance is “to force people to do things that they want them to do.” And last week they proved him right. On Thursday, Freedom Caucus members filibustered for over eight hours, holding up 25 appointments by Gov. Mike Parson, because they said the Senate wasn’t fast-tracking legislation to make it harder for voters to amend the state constitution via ballot measures.

Rowden’s latest move only heightens tensions in the chamber.

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