Could Hakeem Jeffries Become Speaker of the House?

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There’s a battle happening in the House that you may not be aware of. With a new Congress just around the corner, a new Speaker of the House needs to be elected.

Don’t assume that it’s going to be Kevin McCarthy simply because the GOP chose him. The GOP only voted for him to represent the Republican Party.
In order to elect a new Speaker, the Democrats also get to nominate someone. And once the new Congress begins, all of the House members will vote between the two candidates that have been chosen to represent the individual parties.

This means that everyone can choose Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) or Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).

Now, you might be thinking, but Jeffries is a Democrat. Maybe so, but he’s also a moderate Democrat. He doesn’t get along with the progressives at all because he doesn’t believe in the liberal agenda. It’s why it’s such a NIGHTMARE for AOC and the rest of the Squad that Jeffries is now taking over Pelosi’s role as lead Democrat.

McCarthy isn’t a favorite among some of the Republicans. They believe that he’s part of the DC swamp. And worst of all, it looks like he took some money from FTX along with a number of Democrats.

So, we have to look at the very real possibility that Hakeem Jeffries could become the next Speaker of the House.

Who is Hakeem Jeffries

In case you haven’t been keeping up on politicians from the left, Jeffries is a 52-year-old Representative who is part of the 8th congressional district of New York. He’s been holding office since 2013. For him to even get the vote from his party as the leader is impressive with only 9 years under his belt. And, he’s the first Black American leader.

He has been described by MSNBC as “aggressively pragmatic.”

He is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which he sits on with AOC. However, the two have clashed on a number of occasions because it seems that Jeffries understands the difference between right and wrong. He’s progressive in some areas and conservative in others.

It’s also important to note that his closest ally in the House is Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), who is on the Blue Dog Democrats caucus – one known for being fiscally conservative.

Essentially, Jeffries isn’t your “average” Democrat. He knows that being fiscally conservative is a necessity, and he hasn’t been tainted by decades of playing dirty in DC.

What is the Likelihood of Jeffries Claiming the Gavel?

In order for Jeffries to claim the gavel and rise to the Speaker of the House position, he has to prove that he’s more capable of getting the job done and bridging the divide between the two parties. More capable than McCarthy, who has been practicing for this role nearly his entire political career.

The Republicans have the lead in the House, too. That means that Jeffries would have to be so convincing that he can get several to cross over and give the vote to him. A few Representatives are already considering it, including Matt Gaetz (R-FL) leading the pack.

It will come down to the promises being made by both McCarthy and Jeffries. They will list off conditions that they will agree to if they can get the votes from the other party.

It’s still a long shot for Jeffries to win. However, even if he only settles for being the lead Democrat, he’d be poised to take the Speaker of the House in 2025 if the Democrats win back the House.

Essentially, get to know Jeffries. His political career is exploding right now.