In a personal assembly with Home Speaker Mike Johnson final week, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene accused fellow Georgia Republican Rep. Richard McCormick of getting bodily aggressive together with her, based on a number of sources acquainted with the matter – a cost that McCormick has denied, saying it was a “pleasant gesture.”
Greene claimed to Johnson that McCormick grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her following a public spat that they had over competing resolutions to censure Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the sources stated, and requested the speaker to deal with the problem. McCormick voted towards Greene’s censure decision after which launched his personal, extra slender model – which prompted Greene to say to reporters on the time that McCormick had his “ego bruised.” She additionally publicly bashed different Republicans who voted towards her decision.
In an announcement offered to CNN, McCormick stated the interplay was meant to be pleasant, however he apologized to the congresswoman within the second after realizing she didn’t obtain it that approach.
“I perceive why there could be loads of uncooked feelings following the censure vote provided that her censure was tabled and mine handed. My intention was to encourage Rep. Greene by making a pleasant gesture,” he stated in an announcement. “I stated to her, ‘not less than we are able to have an trustworthy dialogue,’ to which she stated she didn’t admire that. For that I instantly apologized and haven’t spoken to her since.”
Greene on Tuesday disputed to CNN that’s how the interplay occurred. Final week, she informed CNN she skilled a “severe” state of affairs with an unnamed male colleague, however declined to get into additional particulars.
CNN has reached out to the speaker’s workplace for remark.
Johnson has labored to deal with the problem and reached out to McCormick to listen to his facet of the story, sources stated, in simply one other instance of how the brand new speaker is having to handle the escalating tensions inside his divided convention.