Following GOP House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's decision to not run for Speaker of the House, a Democratic House lawmaker mocked the complete disarray the Republicans find themselves in by running a Craigslist ad seeking a babysitter with experience dealing with "irrational people" to lead the party.
Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) tweeted out an image of the mocking ad, writing: "It seems like we’re having a hard time finding the next Speaker, so I created a Craigslist ad to boost our search. "
Takano was referring to McCarthy -- once considered a shoo-in to be the next House Speaker -- who stepped aside after getting push-back from the hard right Freedom Caucus, saying he thought his selection might be too divisive.
According to Takano's mock ad seeking a Speaker of the House: " Are you an American citizen? Do you have experience negotiating hostage situations? Are you ready for the challenge of a lifetime? Then this job is for you!"
Listed among the responsibilities to lead the House is:
- "Keeping government open"
- "Managing multiple investigative committees aimed at attacking Hillary Clinton"
- "Explaining to the 'Freedom Caucus' the concepts of compromise and democratic governance"
Responsibilities to include:
- "Proven ability to work with irrational people who pursue narrow priorities at the expense of millions of others"
- "Proficiency in Word, Excel and Power Point"
and, most importantly
- "Babysitting experience STRONGLY PREFERRED"
In an additional dig at the floundering Republicans, Takano requests that all resumes be sent to: "TheNextFrankUnderwood [at] gmail [dot] com" -- a reference to the fictional manipulative Southern politician on the Netflix show House of Cards.
Takano also retweeted out a post from fellow Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel (NY) mocking the GOP chaos.
See both tweets below:
It seems like we’re having a hard time finding the next Speaker, so I created a Craigslist ad to boost our search. http://t.co/JrYX5w9OVA— Mark Takano (@Mark Takano)1444337750.0
Made myself a smoothie in my office & watching news about GOP mtg to elect next Speaker not going smoothly http://t.co/rlSd3AJIn6— Charles Rangel (@Charles Rangel)1444327014.0