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Former Mike Pence Aide Claims Matt Gaetz Likely Came To D. C. 'For The Teenage Interns'

Marc Short, who served as chief of staff for former Vice President Mike Pence, doesn’t seem to have much respect for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), based on comments he made Wednesday on CNN.

In fact, he made a shocking statement to Jake Tapper that he thinks Gaetz’s real reason for wanting to be in Congress was less about public service and more about access to underage aides on Capitol Hill.

Tapper asked Short about Tuesday’s ouster of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as House speaker, which Gaetz initiated and then carried out when seven fellow Republicans and 208 House Democrats joined him in voting against McCarthy’s leadership.

Short first noted that McCarthy was partially responsible for his own ouster since, as a condition of being named House speaker, he agreed to change a rule so that it now takes just one person to call for a motion to “vacate the office” of the speaker, which triggers a vote of the full House on the speaker’s fate.

As HuffPost presciently noted in January after McCarthy became House speaker, “A lawmaker simply has to declare the speaker’s office vacant, forcing a no-confidence vote that could cost McCarthy his job — and a single McCarthy-hater like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) could make a spectacle of himself in the process.”

Before the change, a majority from either party was required to call for the vote, but Short predicted that the next House speaker will revert to the original rule.

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