(FreedomBeacon.com)- Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia apparently has big political ambitions. She wants to be chosen as the running mate for Donald Trump leading up to the 2024 presidential election.
NBC News reported this week that the firebrand representative has made her ambitions known to some people close to her. Steve Bannon, a former adviser for Trump, talked NBC News this week about Greene, saying:
“This is no shrinking violet. She’s ambitious. She’s not shy about that, nor should she be. She sees herself on the short list for Trump’s VP. Paraphrasing [former political reporter] Cokie Roberts, when MTG looks in the mirror she sees a potential president smiling back.”
Another source who has close ties to Trump himself also said to NBC News that MTG has said her “whole vision is to be vice president.” That same source said he believes that Greene could possibly find herself on the short list of potential running mates for Trump.
Because of these ambitions, MTG is starting to re-brand her image as someone who is able to work not only with the hard-liners in the Republican Party but also the GOP establishment members.
That could be part of the reason why she helped House Speaker Kevin McCarthy secure the gavel, rather than joining many other hard-line conservatives in opposing his election until they gained some concessions from him.
Bannon commented that he believed MTG’s decision to back McCarthy was a calculated risk that she took, as it did alienate some allies that she has within the House Freedom Caucus. As he told NBC News:
“She’s both strategic and disciplined. She made a power move, knowing it would run up hard against her most ardent crew. She was prepared to take the intense heat/hatred short-term for the long-term goal of being a player.”
In the new Republican-led House, Greene was named to both the Oversight Accountability Committee, and the Homeland Security Committee. Her seat on these panels will allow her to participate in multiple investigations of the Biden administration, which could ultimately raise MTG’s profile nationally and, as a result, her attractiveness as a running mate.
This is a big opportunity for Greene, who was stripped of her committee assignments by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for multiple disparaging remarks. She was removed from both the Committee on Education and Labor, and the Budget Committee as a form of punishment for what some of her colleagues called “conduct she has exhibited” that they found detrimental to Congress as a whole.
To this point, though, Greene and her spokesperson haven’t publicly commented about whether she wants to be Trump’s running mate or about what she feels her chances of being selected are. Aides for the former president also didn’t respond to inquiries from NBC News for a comment about the situation.
In addition to creating a huge public profile for herself in only two years serving in the House, Greene has also become a very solid fundraiser. This skill could also help vault her to the top of Trump’s list for running mates.