AUSTIN (KXAN) – Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican, voted against censoring his colleague for posting a violently animated video, but still criticized him for doing so.
McCaul, who represents Texas’ 10th District in the U.S. House, explained Thursday why he rejected the movement for criticizing the rep. Paul Gosar. The Arizona Republican posted an anime-style video depicting him killing Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joe Biden.
Two Republicans, reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, on Wednesday joined the House Democrats in a 223-207 vote to criticize Gosar and also remove him from his House committee duties.
When asked Thursday during an interview with KXAN whether what Gosar was doing was appropriate, McCaul said, “I would not have done it.”
“It was a kind of bizarre Japanese cartoon,” he added. “It was very difficult to see what they were talking about. It was a very fast comic. ”
Gosar originally deleted the tweet with the video days ago amid the backlash that unfolded, but he retweeted it late Wednesday shortly after the vote in Parliament.
Censorship of a legislator rarely happens in Congress – in fact, it has only happened to 24 members of Parliament. It is considered to be the harshest punishment that Parliament can issue shortly than deportation, which requires a two-thirds vote.
The last legislature to receive the reprimand came in 2010 when Democratic Representative Charles Rangel, the former chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, faced charges of financial dishonesty. McCaul explained the role he played in these cases when he served on the House Ethics Committee and condemned how the recent vote on Gosar did not follow the same process.
“We have a trial, a fair trial, in the House of Representatives to go through the ethics committee. I presented that evidence as a kind of leading prosecutor, if you will, who explains the case, the facts and the evidence regarding. [Rangel’s] tax evasion when he was chairman of the tax committee, ”McCaul said. “We then put it to the vote in committee, where we voted to criticize him, and he was later criticized on the floor. “What I worry about in this case – I do not tolerate the behavior, but I do worry about the process of not going through the ethics committee and just throwing this on the floor for a vote.”
Because of the Gosar vote, McCaul raised the possibility that Republicans could pursue a no-confidence motion against Democratic lawmakers if they regain control of Parliament next year.
“It sets a dangerous precedent in other cases that we could easily have – and if we get the majority – could easily have led to some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who have said some very destructive, dangerous things and made some also anti-Semitic remarks, ”McCaul said.
McCaul announces re-election bid
McCaul also announced that he filed paperwork Thursday to officially run for re-election in House District 10, which stretches all the way from Austin to the Houston suburbs and includes Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Harris, Lee, Travis, Washington and the Waller Counties. .
McCaul said he believes Republicans have a “good chance” of getting the majority back in Parliament. If that happens, he expects to become the first Texan to serve as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“With so much going on in the world today in foreign policy, I think it’s critically important right now,” McCaul said.
The state’s most recent redistricting process changed the boundaries of his current district to now include fewer Houston suburbs and more of western Travis County in the Lakeway area. He noted that the adjustments will bring Texas A&M University into the district.
“With Army Futures Command now in Austin working with the University of Texas and Texas A&M, I think there’s a lot I can do in the national security field when it comes to researching and developing these advanced technologies and these advanced weapon systems. , which is so crucial to our national security, “McCaul said.” Especially when you look at what is happening now in China, for example, and their aggression against Taiwan and Putin and Russia and their aggression against Ukraine. Of course, Iran is getting closer to a nuclear bomb. We need these universities. We need research and development, and I look forward to working with them as patriots to protect the United States and our national security interests. ”
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