Tennessee Republican who voted to oust McCarthy might get his own comeuppance

Tennessee Republican who voted to oust McCarthy might get his own comeuppance

Former state Rep. Jimmy Matlock tells Knoxville News Sentinel that he’ll decide in the next three weeks if he’ll challenge the man who defeated him in the 2018 Republican primary, Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett, in the Aug. 1 nomination contest.

“He’s gotten to a point where he’s not going to be able to bring any help to the district because he’s alienated the colleagues he works with in D.C.,” Matlock said of Burchett, who beat him 48-36 six years ago.

While Matlock didn’t specifically reference the incident, the three-term congressman was one of the eight Republicans who voted to end Kevin McCarthy’s speakership in October. Burchett attracted national attention again the following month when he accused McCarthy of elbowing him to deliver a “clean shot to the kidneys,” only to then run off. The ex-speaker told CNN in response, “I didn’t shove or elbow him. It’s a tight hallway.” He said later, “If I kidney punched someone, they would be on the ground.”

Powered by WPeMatico

Comments are closed.