Kevin McCarthy Dismisses Speculation About Resigning
A representative for Congressman Kevin McCarthy has informed Newsweek that he will not be stepping down from his position.
Speculation arose last Friday when there were suggestions that the Republican from California might conclude his tenure prematurely, ahead of the November 2024 re-election. This followed his removal from the role of speaker in a significant House vote earlier that week. However, upon Newsweek’s inquiry, McCarthy’s communications officer, Brittany Martinez, clarified in an email that he will remain in his position.
Additionally, KGET News correspondent Eytan Wallace conveyed on platform X, which was formerly known as Twitter, that McCarthy plans to run for reelection after his current term.
McCarthy has publicly stated he won’t vie for the speaker’s role again. The Republican Party’s choice for the next speaker remains uncertain. There were suggestions of considering former President Donald Trump as a temporary speaker. However, Trump expressed his support for Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, saying, “If required, I might consider the role of the speaker while also preparing for my presidential run.”
The political landscape is sensitive, with some Republicans fearing McCarthy’s removal might disrupt the House, especially as a key budgetary deadline looms on November 17. Notably, one of McCarthy’s last actions as a speaker was to collaborate with House Democrats on a crucial financial bill. This collaboration was among the reasons that led to a motion to remove him from the speaker’s position.
Senator Mitt Romney voiced his concerns, stating that the change could lead to turmoil. However, he acknowledged the competence of the interim Speaker, hoping for the House’s functionality.
North Carolina’s Representative Patrick McHenry will serve as the interim speaker, with the election for the new speaker slated for the coming Wednesday.
Given the split within the GOP, Democrats might have an opportunity to rally behind their choice, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, if they can secure cross-party backing. Jeffries recently penned an article, inviting moderate Republicans to form a joint coalition to ensure stability in the House and counter the influence of extreme right-wing elements.
Despite this, some Republicans point fingers at the Democrats, holding them responsible for supporting the move against McCarthy.