Kevin McCarthy's fate hangs in the balance as he makes last-ditch appeal before ... trends now
House Republicans are holding a closed-door conference meeting on Tuesday morning, where embattled Leader Kevin McCarthy is expected to make his last-ditch appeal for the Speaker's gavel.
Rep. Scott Perry, chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, released a scathing statement just hours before McCarthy's morning meeting that accused the California Republican of making empty promises 'at the 11th hour.'
'We've worked in good faith for months to change the status quo. At nearly every turn, we've been sidelined or resisted by McCarthy, and any perceived progress has often been vague or contained loopholes that further amplified concerns as to the sincerity of promises being made,' Perry wrote.
'Kevin McCarthy had an opportunity to be Speaker of the House. He rejected it.'
Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw called opposition to McCarthy 'unbelievably petty' during an appearance on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning.
'This is about showmanship, this is about notoriety. It has nothing to do with the conservative agenda,' Crenshaw said.
The GOP have 222 seats in the new Congress and McCarthy is expected to need 218 votes, so he can only afford to lose four members to win the gavel.
Voting is done in rounds until a majority consensus is reached. Conservatives are expected to derail McCarthy in the first round by putting forward GOP Rep. Andy Biggs, who is virtually unlikely to clinch most of the vote but would take enough away from McCarthy to sabotage him.
His critics have not yet said who they intend to nominate instead, but multiple reports have suggested they're eyeing McCarthy's No. 2, newly-minted House Majority Leader Steve Scalise.
So far there are a total of 14 members of his caucus who have at least strongly suggested they're voting against him.
The disarray culminated in a Monday evening meeting between McCarthy, his allies and some of his critics including Reps. Matt Gaetz and Perry.
House Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert and Scott Perry were seen entering and leaving the Speaker's chambers, where current House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy was spotted moving into in anticipation of winning the gavel on Tuesday
Reps. Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz could pose a problem for McCarthy on Tuesday - with Gaetz being among the most vocal critics of the GOP Leader
Reps. Paul Gosar and Scott Perry signed onto a Sunday letter suggesting McCarthy's proposed compromises to conservatives came too late
At around 5pm ET, Republican lawmakers were seen entering the House Speaker's chamber. McCarthy's staff moved furniture into that office earlier in the day in an apparent show of confidence - though it's reportedly standard protocol to make the move so early.
Gaetz told reporters the meeting was 'brief and productive' but insisted he was still opposing McCarthy, according to a video taken by NBC News'