In a move that surely sent shockwaves through the Capitol, interim Speaker of the House, Patrick McHenry (R-NC), wasted no time in asserting his authority. First, he issued a 24-hour eviction notice to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), signaling an end to her reign. But McHenry wasn’t finished. He then turned his attention to Pelosi’s right-hand man, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and gave him the boot as well.
For years, Hoyer has been a loyal supporter of Pelosi, serving as her trusted ally and whipping votes for her political agenda. As a reward for his loyalty, he was granted his own private office space near the House chamber. However, McHenry, in a display of power, decided to reclaim that space for himself.
While Hoyer’s spokesperson confirmed the eviction, Pelosi was quick to voice her objections to McHenry’s actions. In a statement, she accused him of trolling her and Hoyer, and criticized him for focusing on trivial matters instead of the pressing issues facing the country.
But Pelosi’s objections fell on deaf ears, as McHenry proceeded to repossess the office spaces. Photos of the eviction show staff members of Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) assisting in the removal of furniture and other belongings.
This move by McHenry has drawn criticism from House Democrats, with Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) taking to social media to express his disdain. He accused Republicans of having “no class” and being “mean and petty.”
It is clear that McHenry’s actions are symbolic of the power shift that is taking place in the House. With Republicans removing former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from his post for the first time in history, tensions are high and the battle for control continues.
As McHenry takes on his role as Speaker Pro Temp, it remains to be seen how he will navigate the challenges that lie ahead. But one thing is for certain – he is not afraid to assert his authority and make his presence known.