SOT: Speaker Johnson amid criticism: ‘Mess’ in House not ‘a reflection on the leader’


Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) on Wednesday downplayed problems in the House GOP conference a day after his leadership team lost two votes in a row on the House floor. Asked Wednesday about criticism that he is inexperienced and remarks from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who said the ouster of Johnson’s predecessor, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had been an “unmitigated disaster,” Johnson suggested the conference was moving in the right direction. “Well, look, it was a mess what happened here, but we’re cleaning it up,” Johnson said.