Arizona GOP Rep. Eli Crane, a freshman lawmaker who opposed Kevin McCarthy as speaker, says he 'might wind up in the broom closet' over his vote

Rep. Crane said he "might wind up in the broom closet" over his opposition to McCarthy's speakership. Crane told The New York Times he simply wanted to see Republicans move in a

different direction. He also told the newspaper that he declined Trump's personal push to secure support for McCarthy. Before now-Rep. Eli Crane had even been sworn into

Congress, he received a call from former President Donald Trump asking him to back Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California to become the next House speaker. But the newly-elected

Arizona Republican, who believed that McCarthy represented the brand of establishment politics that his voters sent him to Washington, DC to reject, turned down the former

president's entreaties. "Sir, I'm sorry, we love you out in Arizona, but I've been listening to my voters," Crane told Trump, per the lawmaker's recent interview with The

New York Times. After a five-day process and 15 rounds of balloting in which McCarthy was opposed by an array of conservative lawmakers who wanted to see the House GOP

Conference move forward in a different direction, the Californian broke through and won the speakership vote 216-212 over Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries of New

York. Crane told The Times that he had not sought a specific committee assignment nor was he looking for attention by holding out in casting a vote in favor of

McCarthy.