According to The Daily Beast, which cited multiple unnamed sources, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert had an altercation in the women’s bathroom during the House floor vote on January 3.
The report claims that the pair had a heated argument about Boebert’s loyalty to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who was running for House speaker.
This is in addition to the public spat between the two representatives over McCarthy’s candidacy which was previously reported.
The altercation reportedly took place during the first ballot to select the Speaker of the House.
One source said that Greene confronted Boebert as she was coming out of a bathroom stall. Greene accused Boebert of taking money from McCarthy for her re-election bid but then not backing him in the House speaker race, the source said, per The Beast.
Another source backed this up, adding that Greene said to Boebert: “You were OK taking millions of dollars from McCarthy but you refuse to vote for him for speaker, Lauren?”
The bathroom disagreement ended with Boebert running out of the bathroom “like a little schoolgirl,” the first source told The Beast, adding that Boebert told Greene before leaving the bathroom: “Don’t be ugly.”
(According to USA Today, which cited FEC records, Boebert received nothing from McCarthy’s PAC in the most recent election.)
Rep. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat, is alleged to have witnessed the disagreement, per The Beast, but declined to comment on the matter.
Greene and Boebert did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
Greene was among McCarthy’s most high-profile supporters in his ultimately successful bid to become House speaker, with Boebert one of the leading opponents of his candidacy.
McCarthy was finally successful after 15 rounds of voting, but only after making sizable concessions to GOP hardliners.
Greene complained that Boebert didn’t endorse McCarthy, or former President Donald Trump, even after she “gladly takes our $$$” in getting re-elected.
Boebert intensified the feud by telling the Associated Press in January that Greene has made “unhinged” comments on Twitter.
Politico reported in April 2022 that the pair had not seen eye-to-eye long before the McCarthy disagreement. GOP lawmakers anonymously told the news outlet that Boebert detests being associated with Greene.
According to Politico, the pair got into a tense exchange in March 2020 over Greene’s appearance at an event hosted by white nationalist Nick Fuentes. Citing one unnamed Republican lawmaker, Politico reported that somebody had to step in to de-escalate the argument because it looked like they were about to get physical.