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Amid the turmoil on the House floor Friday night, an Alabama congressman had to be restrained by another lawmaker from lunging at Rep. Matt Gaetz.

Rep. Mike Rogers angrily jumped toward Gaetz moments after the Florida lawmaker declared “present” during the 14th round of voting for House speaker.

The decision, in part, left Rep. Kevin McCarthy one vote short of being elected speaker during that round of voting.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) grabbed Rogers to keep him from pouncing on Gaetz, images taken in the chambers show.

Hudson held Rogers back by his shoulder and clasped one hand over the Alabama lawmaker’s mouth as Rogers tried to scold Gaetz.

With Hudson hanging on his back, Rogers can be seen pointing at Gaetz in frustration.

Republican Representative from Alabama Mike Rogers is restrained after yelling at Republican Representative from Florida Matt Gaetz, who refused to vote for Leader Kevin McCarthy to be the next speaker of the House of Representatives.
Republican Representative from Alabama Mike Rogers is restrained after yelling at Republican Representative from Florida Matt Gaetz, who refused to vote for Kevin McCarthy as next Speaker on Jan. 6, 2023.

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., left, pulls Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., back as they talk with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
During the 14th round of voting for speaker of the House Gaetz voted “present” causing the McCarthy to miss out by one vote on Jan. 6, 2023.


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Rep. Mike Rogers angrily jumped toward Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Things got heated on the House floor Friday night as Rep. Mike Rogers angrily jumped toward Rep. Matt Gaetz on Jan. 6, 2023.


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The tension waned in the following round as McCarthy was finally elected speaker in the 15th round of voting — ending a marathon contest that had gotten underway back on Tuesday.

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