The renowned conservative figure, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, has recently made a record-breaking purchase – but it’s not what you might expect. The Georgia Republican now possesses what may be the most expensive chapstick ever purchased, an artifact she acquired for a staggering $100,000. But there’s more to this story than an exorbitantly priced lip balm.
Originally belonging to the Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, the chapstick came into Greene’s possession through an auction organized by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). The NRCC serves as the campaign and fundraising support system for House Republicans.
But Greene’s $100,000 payment isn’t just about securing this curious artifact. The auction also promised a dinner with Speaker McCarthy, who would be the guest of honor for the winning bidder and their invitees. This extra incentive reportedly piqued Greene’s interest and motivated her successful bid.
This intriguing auction transpired during the House Republicans’ regular caucus meeting this past Tuesday. While unusual, it underscores the various strategies and pathways through which political funding and support can be garnered.
Post-auction, Greene released a statement underscoring her support for the NRCC and her commitment to bolstering the House Republicans’ standing. She expressed her honor in donating $100,000 to the NRCC and shared her constituents’ excitement for the promised dinner with Speaker McCarthy, whom she praised for doing an excellent job.
The chapstick itself sports the campaign imagery of Representative Aaron Bean, a first-term Republican from Florida who is known for his close ties with McCarthy.
Despite her reputation as a vocal critic of the Republican establishment, Greene’s recent actions underline her alignment with her party’s goals and her dedication to supporting the NRCC’s efforts.
Interestingly, Greene had a previous public disagreement with Representative Lauren Boebert, a fellow member of the House Freedom Caucus, over McCarthy’s candidacy for the position of Speaker of the House earlier this year.
Following this extraordinary auction, the House Republicans quickly refocused their attention on strategizing for the upcoming negotiations regarding the federal debt ceiling. Nonetheless, Greene’s unique purchase offers an intriguing insight into the unexpected ways in which political support can be demonstrated.