Kinzinger accused Gaetz and Greene — two of Trump’s most ardent defenders in the lower chamber — of prioritizing fame over legislating, alleging that they don’t believe in what they have voiced to voters.
“Oh, there’s a huge list. … I mean, look, all you have to do is see people like, of course, Marjorie Taylor Greene. You look at people like Matt Gaetz, who know better. I think neither of them believes the stuff they ascribe to, they just want fame,” he said during a Washington Post Live event on Wednesday. “And so then you have to look at all that stuff and say, OK, can they be defeated? Who are opponents that can actually run against them?”
Kinzinger, who announced the launch of the Country First PAC late last month, said he would like to help boost politicians beyond Congress, adding he doesn’t plan to have a litmus test on social issues for candidates he’ll support.
“I don’t want to engage in races and lose, because it’s a bad narrative, too. But I want to give support to people on local levels, even people running for mayor, state reps etc. and just simply say this: I don’t care what you believe, as long as you believe it: you can be pro-life, pro-choice, pro-gun, anti-gun, right?” he continued.