Mike Rogers apologizes for outburst with Matt Gaetz on the House floor

  • Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers posted a mea culpa to his colleague, Matt Gaetz.
  • Rogers was seen lashing out at Gaetz in a tense moment on the House floor Friday night.
  • Rogers said in a Sunday tweet that he “briefly” regrets losing his temper and that he appreciates Gaetz’s “understanding.”

Rep. Mike Rogers has asked Florida congressman Rep. Matt Gaetz apologizing for lunging at him on the House floor.

“@RepMattGaetz and I have a long and productive working relationship, which I’m sure will continue,” Rogers tweeted January 8. “I regret briefly losing my temper on the House floor Friday night and appreciate Matt’s kind understanding.”

Rogers was responding to a tweet from the Florida congressman about the incident. In a Jan. 8 tweet, Gaetz said he and Rogers have had “a productive six-year working relationship.”

“We’re going to work together wonderfully going forward. I don’t think there should be any punishment or retaliation just because he had an animated moment. He has my forgiveness,” Gaetz wrote in his tweet on January 8.

Rogers was seen lashing out at Gaetz on the House floor Friday night. This was after Representative Kevin McCarthy failed to be elected Speaker for the 14th time in a row.

Here’s how it went Friday, according to a C-SPAN video of the proceedings: McCarthy strode up the aisle on the House floor after Gaetz voted “present” on the 14th ballot, not allowing the California congressman to cast the final vote he needed to get the speaker selected. McCarthy was then seen engaging in a tense conversation with Gaetz among a group of Republicans on the House floor.

But after McCarthy walked away, Rogers was seen angrily confronting Gaetz. Rogers then lunged forward, enraged, but was restrained by North Carolina Representative Richard Hudson.

It’s unclear what Rogers said to Gaetz during the near-melee.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Rogers expects to become chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, on which Gaetz serves. The Post reported, citing two people familiar with the matter, that Rogers was upset with how the GOP leadership planned to offer Gaetz control of one of the armed services subcommittee. An unnamed lawmaker who spoke to The Post said Rogers believed there were other congressmen more qualified to hold the position.

Representatives for Gaetz and Rogers did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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