Thursday, February 2, 2023

Kevin McCarthy’s Presidency Under Threat When Nine House Republicans Send Stinging Letters

Opposition to Kevin McCarthy’s candidacy for House speaker is growing after nine Republican members wrote a sting letter warning that his election would do more than “loosely” the status quo in the House.

The group noted that McCarthy had been in the House Republican leadership for 14 years and that his election could be “a continuation of past and present Republican failures”.

On Sunday, McCarthy held a private conference call with Republicans in an effort to rally support for their vote for the presidency on Tuesday, Jan. 3, when the new Congress takes office.

While McCarthy can only afford to lose four votes if he wants to win the presidency, the call appeared last week to worsen his outlook from five dissenters to a total of 14 in the 24 hours before the vote.

Republicans who have pledged to vote against McCarthy are Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Chip Roy of Texas, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Andy Harris of Maryland and Andrew Clyde of Georgia, along with Rep. Elected Andy Nogales. of Tennessee. , Anna Paulina Luna from Florida and Allie Crane from Arizona.

GOP opposition to Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become the next House speaker is growing rather than diminishing, as nine Republicans wrote a sting letter warning that choosing him was “a continuation of past and present Republican failures”. Will be.

On New Year’s Eve, McCarthy wrote a letter to the House of Representatives titled ‘Restore the People’s House and End Business as Usual’, acknowledging the dysfunction and pledging to fix it.

Nine Republican members wrote in their letter, “For someone with a 14-year presence in the House Republican leadership, Mr. McCarthy now bears the burden of correcting dysfunction that was clearly acknowledged during that long tenure.” “

He added that his “statement came almost impossibly late to address continuing shortcomings ahead of the opening of the 118th Congress on January 3.”

‘At this stage, it is not surprising that the expression of vague hopes reflected in many important points still up for debate is insufficient. The letter states that this is especially true of Mr. McCarthy’s candidacy for speaker because the time demands a radical change of the status quo, not a continuation of past and present Republican failures.

McCarthy’s statement also proposes to restrict the availability of the traditional motion to vacate the chair as a means of holding the leadership to account for its promises; We have made it clear from the outset that we will not agree to follow Nancy Pelosi’s example in isolating leadership in this manner,” nine House Republicans said in their letter on Sunday.

‘We also note that the statement does not fully address the issue of leadership working to defeat conservatives in the open primary. The progress made so far has been useful and should guide our thinking going forward.

On New Year's Eve, Mccarthy Wrote A Letter Titled

On New Year’s Eve, McCarthy wrote a letter titled “The People’s House and Business as Usual”, acknowledging the dysfunction of the House of Representatives and pledging to fix it.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus, the most conservative caucus in the House, led calls for a leadership shakeup. Biggs, a former caucus chairman, had made an insider bid against McCarthy for the presidency, but was defeated in a secret ballot.

Biggs, along with Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Bob Good of Virginia and Matt Rosendale of Montana were among the early ‘Never Kevin’ legislators who publicly expressed their plans to vote against McCarthy in the January 3 elections .

While Perry is vice chairman of the Freedom Caucus, the current chairman and co-founder of the caucus, Rep. Jim Jordan, is a McCarthy ally.

He may be the only person who can reach out to the naysayers.

In recent weeks, Jordan has defended McCarthy in several right-wing media interviews by arguing that the current Republican leader deserves the hammer.

Five original ‘Never Kevin’ lawmakers have organized to prevent McCarthy from getting the 218 votes needed to take the gavel from outgoing Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

He also vowed not to be personally attacked by McCarthy and said he would discuss any concessions offered.

McCarthy announced on Sunday night’s private call that he would concede to one of the main demands of critics, which is to lower the threshold required to oust the president in exchange for a promotion to the office.

Under current rules, only a member of the House leadership can initiate a motion to remove the Speaker, but McCarthy’s proposal would allow any member of the House to vote to remove the Speaker at any time.

Currently, only members of the House leadership can do so under rules put in place by Pelosi.

The letter is evidence that those who oppose his presidency do not consider this McCarthy concession to be sufficient.

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer Said On Sunday That He Would

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer said Sunday that he would be “surprised” if Kevin McCarthy was not chosen by his party to be the next House speaker.

Asked whether McCarthy has the potential to be president, House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer said on Sunday: “We’ll see.”

He said that if McCarthy wins the election, it is proof that he can at least work against the odds.

“Obviously, if he gets 218 votes, he has the ability to pool the votes to become leader of the party,” Hoyer told CNN. “And then it will be tested whether he can lead or not.”

‘But, you know, he’s worked really hard at it. He went near the Holy Grail and had to retreat. He didn’t give up, he kept going. And it seems to me that he will be the president.

Arizona Republican Rep.  Andy Biggs Launched An Unsuccessful Bid Against Mccarthy For The Republican Nomination For President.

Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs launched an unsuccessful bid against McCarthy for the Republican nomination for president.

McCarthy’s attempt to grab the hammer at the start of the new Congress came seven years after his last failed attempt to become president.

To secure the presidency, McCarthy needs at least 218 votes, but with the GOP’s reduced majority in the House at 222 seats, any further defection could jeopardize his chances.

During his meeting with other GOP members, he acknowledged how rank-and-file members could call for the speaker’s removal, though it was unclear how many members would have to sign the motion.

Earlier Sunday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he would be surprised if Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was not chosen by his party to be the next House speaker, but stopped short of saying whether he was up to the task. .

‘I’d be surprised if you didn’t [win]Representative Hoyer insisted on CNN’s State of the Union show Sunday morning. I expect that he will be the spokesperson.

The new Congress will meet on Tuesday, January 3, and Republicans will win a majority in the lower house, but not in the Senate.

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