House Republicans put a tube of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s “used” lip balm up for auction to raise money for GOP campaign efforts, and the person who placed the winning bid was none other than Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
While the premise for the auction was apparently a joke, sources tell The New York Post that Greene’s bid was real.
From The Post:
The bizarre episode occurred at a morning Republican conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club where NRCC pledges were on the agenda.
Freshman Rep. Aaron Bean (R-Fla.), a former auctioneer, led the bidding.
Although the item was purported to be used by McCarthy, sources told The Post it actually was an unused Bean-branded campaign trinket — and that the unhygienic element was a gag.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo.) also placed bids, one source said.
It’s unclear if Greene knew the lip balm was unused — or if she took the prize with her after posing with the item and auctioneer Bean afterward.
Greene was a vocal supporter of McCarthy in January for his candidacy for House Speaker in the midst of as a rebellion from 20 House conservatives who opposed him.