GOP lawmaker: We need a Speaker who can 'bang heads and break legs'
© Greg Nash

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) says Republicans need to pick a Speaker who can flex their political muscle and keep the party's many factions in line.

"Everyone should be listened to, everyone should be heard, but we're not a high school debating society," King said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday.


"I think you need a Speaker who can show leadership, but also, quite frankly, a Speaker that can bang heads and break legs if he has to, to get the job done."

Republicans are huddling Friday morning to figure out their next steps after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHarris introduces bill to prevent California wildfires McCarthy says views on impeachment won't change even if Taylor's testimony is confirmed House Republicans call impeachment hearing 'boring,' dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay MORE (R-Calif.) shocked Washington Thursday by abruptly dropping out of the race to succeed outgoing Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFrom learning on his feet to policy director Is Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush MORE (R-Ohio).

Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) are officially running for the Speaker post and a number of others have said they are weighing a bid. McCarthy, though, was seen as the clear favorite before his surprise exit.

Many Republicans have voiced a desire to see Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (R-Wis.), the House Ways and Means Committee chairman and 2012 vice presidential nominee, enter the race.

King said he would support Ryan "110 percent," but couldn't foresee getting behind any of the other potential contenders.

King on Friday cited former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, noting that "when she took over the Conservative Party in Britain, she was brutal in purging her enemies."

"We have to get a job done and we have to realize that you have a leader and you get behind him," he added.