Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) accused Rep. Richard McCormick (R-Ga.) of getting âphysically aggressiveâ with her last month during a recent meeting with House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), according to a report.
Greene complained to the House speaker last week that her Georgia Republican colleague âgrabbed her by the shoulders and shook herâ after both lawmakers introduced competing resolutions to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib in November, according to CNN.
McCormick claims he was simply trying to âencourageâ Greene after he opposed her censure resolution and the House advanced his, but that she didnât take it well, and he immediately apologized.
âI understand why there would be a lot of raw emotions following the censure vote given that her censure was tabled and mine passed. My intention was to encourage Rep. Greene by making a friendly gesture,â McCormick told the outlet. âI said to her, âat least we can have an honest discussion,â to which she said she did not appreciate that. For that I immediately apologized and have not spoken to her since.â
Greene and McCormick did not immediately respond to The Postâs requests for comment.
The private meeting between Johnson and Greene is part of the new speakerâs attempt at managing rising tensions within the GOP conference, according to CNN, and Johnson has also been in contact with McCormick, listening to his side of the story.
Greeneâs censure resolution accused Tlaib of âleading an insurrection at the United States Capitol,â engaging in âantisemitic activityâ and âsympathizing with terrorist organizations.â
She withdrew the resolution after McCormick, one of 23 House Republicans to vote against it, introduced a narrower resolution â one more likely to pass â charging Tlaib with promoting âfalse narrativesâ around the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attack against Israel, defending the attack as ââresistanceââ to the ââapartheid stateââ and using the slogan ââfrom the river to the seaââ in a video posted on social media â the phrase is widely viewed as a call for the eradication of the Jewish State.
“I think he got his ego bruised by all the callers and his own constituents,” Greene said of McCormick after he introduced the competing resolution.
âItâs not about Rich McCormick, nobody cares about Rich McCormick,â she added. âMost people have no idea that heâs even doing this, most people think itâs my resolution.â
McCormickâs resolution passed 234-188, with four members voting present.
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