House GOP has 72 hours to pick speak­er or face dis­as­ter: Advis­ers

Key GOP advis­ers are press­ing House Repub­li­cans to choose a new speak­er and fast or face a polit­i­cal and pub­lic rela­tions dis­as­ter that could upend expec­ta­tions of a win­ning 2024 elec­tion.
Fol­low­ing the ouster of House Speak­er Kevin McCarthy (R‑CA) by a tiny and angry minor­i­ty led by Repub­li­can rebel Rep. Matt Gaetz (R‑FL), what’s left of the House GOP Cau­cus lead­er­ship was flood­ed with calls for uni­ty and a swift elec­tion of a replace­ment.
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“They’ve got 72 hours,” said Ron Bon­jean, a Repub­li­can advis­er and for­mer spokesman to the last House speak­er elect­ed dur­ing a cri­sis, Illi­nois Rep. Den­nis Hastert.
“If they are lost in the mix, if they’re lost in nego­ti­a­tions over inter­nal con­fer­ence mat­ters for weeks, they will hem­or­rhage. They’re going to be just shelled in the media. So they have to fig­ure this out. They have to have a new speak­er I’d say with­in 72 hours,” he said.
Polit­i­cal his­to­ri­an Craig Shirley agre …