According to multiple sources close to the matter, Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is making it known that she has high ambitions.
“This is no shrinking violet, she’s ambitious — she’s not shy about that, nor should she be,” said former Trump aid Steve Bannon.
Two people close to Taylor Greene say she is gearing up to be Trump’s Vice President pick.
“She sees herself on the short list for Trump’s VP. Paraphrasing Cokie Roberts, when MTG looks in the mirror she sees a potential president smiling back,” Bannon said.
A second source who has advised Greene said her “whole vision is to be vice president.” The source, who has ties to Trump but spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, said he also believes Greene would be on Trump’s short list.
That goal is at the heart of Greene’s recent efforts to rebrand herself as a politician who can stand astride the divide between the party’s hard-liners and its establishment wing, the sources told NBC News.
It also helps explain why she threw herself into helping elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaker of the House after the midterm elections and took assignments on two committees — Homeland Security and Oversight and Accountability — where she can participate in high-profile investigations of President Joe Biden’s administration. McCarthy also tapped her to be part of the panel investigating how the government handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier in January, Greene irritated some of her allies in the Republican House after she threw her support behind Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Bannon said this was calculated risk.
“She’s both strategic and disciplined — she made a power move, knowing it would run up hard against her most ardent crew,” Bannon said. “She was prepared to take the intense heat/hatred short-term for the long-term goal of being a player.”
Although they did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment about the potential vice president pick, her spokesman says she is “laser focused” on serving the people of Georgia.
“Congresswoman Greene is laser focused on serving the people of Northwest Georgia on her new committees in the GOP majority,” Greene spokesman Nick Dyer said. “Her work on Oversight, Homeland Security, and the COVID Select committee is her priority and people shouldn’t get wrapped up into rumors.”