House Republican lawmakers have denied that the eviction of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Majority Leader Steny Hoyer from their secret Capitol offices was an act of revenge. Instead, they explain that the eviction was due to the tradition of reserving these private offices for the immediately preceding speaker, which was Pelosi’s decision to occupy when Kevin McCarthy was removed.
Representative Garret Graves emphasized that it wasn’t a personal decision, and it followed the protocol that comes with a new speaker. House Freedom Caucus chairman Scott Perry echoed this sentiment, describing it as a flow of business rather than an act of vengeance.
The eviction of Pelosi and Hoyer, both Democrats, occurred after Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, was ousted from the position of House Speaker. There’s an understanding among lawmakers that such changes involve reoccupying or reallocating specific offices within the Capitol.