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Rep. Mike Rogers apologizes to Matt Gaetz for losing temper during chaotic speaker votes

Rogers, R-Ala., had to be restrained as he confronted Gaetz, R-Fla., on the House floor after Kevin McCarthy suffered a defeat in the 14th ballot for speaker.
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Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Mike Rogers, R-Ala., publicly resolved their differences Sunday after tensions boiled over on the House floor late Friday during the votes for House speaker.

Rogers was restrained after he charged toward Gaetz.

The lawmakers appeared to mend fences in tweets Sunday.

Gaetz said Rogers had his "forgiveness" and shouldn’t face “any punishment or reprisal just because he had an animated moment.”

Rogers, retweeting Gaetz's remark, said: “I regret that I briefly lost my temper on the House Floor Friday evening and appreciate Matt’s kind understanding.”

The dust-up ensued after GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, of California, suffered defeat on the 14th ballot at the hands of a small band of ultraconservatives, who included Gaetz, after McCarthy's allies thought they had clinched the votes to finally reach a simple majority.

After Gaetz voted present on the 14th ballot, McCarthy approached him in the back of the chamber, where a tense exchange occurred as a number of Republican lawmakers crowded them. Rogers, the incoming chairman of the powerful Armed Services Committee, then walked over and appeared to lunge in Gaetz’s direction but was restrained by Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., before he stormed away.

McCarthy ultimately gained the votes to secure the speakership in the 15th ballot, when Gaetz and several other opponents switched their votes to “present.”