n a CNN report on the growing influence of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, one Republican ripped into the group and said they are embarrassing his fellow GOP colleagues.
The House member also predicted they will grow worse if the GOP reclaims control of the chamber and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) takes the gavel from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
With Melanie Zanona's report pointing out that bombastic Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is slated to take over the powerful House Judiciary Committee's chairmanship, the report adds that some Republicans are not pleased with the direction the party is going.
Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) cited a recent appearance by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) -- as well and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) -- at a white nationalist convention in Florida, explaining, "A lot of them disagree with what she did," before conceding, "I don't know that they're unified on that."
Speaking with Zanona and asking to remain anonymous, the lawmaker complained, "It's one thing to be a troublemaker, like a maverick brand, right? It's another thing to be the wacky conference."
"I mean, just the State of the Union alone, Marjorie, Lauren, their antics were embarrassing for all of us. So what's that going to be like next term, when it gets even worse?" they predicted.
Noting some members of the Freedom Caucus who are not known for grandstanding like some of their conservative colleagues, the GOP lawmaker added, "If you're Mark Green or Jeff Duncan or Ben Cline, do you really want to be associated with either Marjorie Taylor Greene or Gosar? I wouldn't think so."
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