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The Republican lawmaker has strong words for other Republicans as infighting intensifies

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Rep. Tony GonzalesR-Texas called some of his fellow lawmakers “sons of bitches” on Sunday as the Republican infighting reached new heights in the House of Representatives.

Gonzales, appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, was asked whether he believes House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., will survive an attempt to remove him from his leadership post. The House of Representatives was effectively frozen for weeks last year after a handful of Republican rebels joined Democrats in voting to impeach then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene , R-Ga., has threatened to do so. try this. same for Johnson.

Gonzales had a few sharp words to say about his colleagues: especially Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.

“It is my absolute honor to serve in Congress, but I serve with some real assholes,” Gonzales said, alleging that Matt Gaetz sexually abused minors “at drug parties.”

In 2021, the Justice Department opened an investigation into Gaetz for alleged cash payments in exchange for sex, including to an underage girl.

The department dropped charges against Gaetz in 2023 after prosecutors said there were credibility issues with two key witnesses. He remains under investigation by the House of Representatives Ethics Committee.

Gaetz responded to Gonzales’ Sunday comments in a message on X, accused him of lying and called on voters to support his Republican opponent. Gaetz has repeatedly denied the allegations.

The Texas lawmaker also criticized Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., for supporting his Republican opponent, Brandon Herrera, a gun rights activist. Gonzales claimed Herrera is a “known neo-Nazi” and referred to the Ku Klux Klan.

It was not immediately clear what Gonzales was referring to. A Jewish insider reported earlier this month that Herrera had posted videos online with Nazi images. His campaign did not respond to a request for comment from Jewish Insider.

Herrera dismissed Gonzales’ comments on Sunday share in a post on X: “He has to cry about me to his liberal friends because the Republicans don’t want to listen anymore.”

The Republican Party of Texas voted last year to censure Gonzales over his positions on a range of issues, including supporting some gun safety laws after the Uvalde school shooting.

Gonzales said Sunday that more centrist members of Congress are “tired” and “exhausted.”

“For some reason these marginal people think they have a high position. They don’t, I assure you,” he said, adding: “The way you take care of a bully is to give him a nosebleed.”

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Republican lawmaker Tony Gonzales has strong words for fellow Republicans