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    Shocker! McCarthy Withdraws from Speaker Race

    Shocker! McCarthy Withdraws from Speaker Race

    Shock, chaos, confusion! WHO will lead the House now?!

    This just in from The Hill:

    Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has dropped out of elections for House Speaker.

    Republicans were to meet Thursday at noon to elect a new Speaker.

    McCarthy had struggled to win over conservatives, and while he was the favorite to win the closed-door vote, he did not have the votes on the floor to win election.

    McCarthy’s press conference is here:

    Chaffetz is still running:

    Paul Ryan, still not running:

    Um, well, ok:

    Wednesday, The Hill reported Rep. Jones not so subtly hinted some running for leadership might have a few skeletons in the closet. Could this have been a contributing factor in McCarthy’s sudden decision?

    Thursday, McCarthy said the letter from Rep. Jones had no bearing on his decision.

    Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) wants to avoid the possibility of a member of the new House GOP leadership resigning from office because of a scandal.

    In a letter to House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Jones asked that Republicans discuss urging candidates for leadership to drop out if they might one day embarrass the party because of past indiscretions.

    “With all the voter distrust of Washington felt around the country, I’m asking that any candidate for Speaker of the House, majority leader, and majority whip withdraw himself from the leadership election if there are any misdeeds he has committed since joining Congress that will embarrass himself, the Republican Conference, and the House of Representatives if they become public,” Jones wrote.

    Jones, who’s served in the House since 1995, offered former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston, who ran for Speaker in 1998, as examples. Both Gingrich and Livingston admitted to extramarital affairs.

    …Jones is backing Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) for Speaker. Webster is considered a long shot against the front-runner McCarthy, who also faces Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

    During a press conference Thursday afternoon, McCarthy clarified his previous comments on the House Select Committee on Benghazi saying, “he doesn’t want to be a distraction to the process.” Comments made by McCarthy during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity last week, though they were largely taken out of context, were circulated widely by Democrats who’ve long-held the Congressional investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attacks was nothing more than a partisan witch-hunt.

    McCarthy’s remarks were used in Hillary Clinton’s inaugural presidential campaign ad this week.

    Meanwhile, we’re all:


    With such a factious House, it’s virtually impossible to predict who has the popularity, likability, and clout whip the requisite 218 votes to win the gavel.

    Let the games begin! Again.

    Also likely:

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    ..Just last night I saw a message sent by a congressman who is too little known for his name to remain in my memory, to the effect that anyone running for Speaker who has a skeleton in his closet that would bring himself, the position and the Republican Party into disrepute should get out of the race ASAP.

    In the comments an individual made the claim that this referred to Kevin McCarthy and that he had some ‘adventures’ that were open secrets on the Hill, but not known to the rest of us. I have no evidence that’s connected to this shocking withdrawal, but it sure made me wonder.

      NC Mountain Girl in reply to JBourque. | October 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      In 1999, Bob Livingston was all set to succeed Newt Gingrich as Speaker when he abruptly withdrew because of a story of an affair unearthed by Larry Flynt. With Bill Clinton’s impeachment on the agenda, he wanted someone who was scandal free in charge.

      As it turned out, his supposedly squeaky clean replacement, Denny Hastert, was not only a member of the same corrupt “Illinois Combine” that spawned Barack Obama, he was also being blackmailed by one of the students he had coached in high school wrestling.

        Thanks, and I had just heard before returning to this page.

        Reaction #1: At least make it an aide or a secretary. I know the Hill is incestuous, but a fellow congresswoman?

        Reaction #2: Wait a minute. Isn’t this the lady who’s a very loud anti-Tea Party figure who played a prominent role in ensuring Planned Parenthood funding isn’t seriously threatened? The one who has been beating down the doors to get onto a committee investigating Planned Parenthood to give her political cover? And she’s been sleeping with the until-an-hour-ago Next Speaker of the House?

        Reaction #3: And Kevin was running anyway?

          JackRussellTerrierist in reply to JBourque. | October 9, 2015 at 2:10 am

          This just shows what a snake McCarthy is. He would have taken that speakership if he could get it, knowing full well he was putting the entire GOP, conservatives and RINOs alike, in political jeopardy for ’16. He and Ellmers should both step down – not because of the affair, but because of their blatant disregard for our future political success. Losers both.

        Sammy Finkelman in reply to WI4Walker. | October 8, 2015 at 8:11 pm

        E-mail sent to [email protected] by MCCarthy’s lawyers:

        It says there is absolutely no basis for their suggestions and they are causing great injury to Mrs. Ellmers and her family.

    buckeyeminuteman | October 8, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Because of his loose tongue, McCarthy needs beat with a rubber hose. Hillary’s going to be bringing his gaffe up for the next 10 years as to why she lost in 2016.

      rabidfox in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | October 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Buckeye, if she loses because of that comment then more power to McCarthy. But Benghazi investigation has nothing to do with her campaign and everything to do with her vicious ineptness.

    Hey, Boys and Girls~ The long slog for true conservatives to wrest power from the hands of the GOPe is a marathon, not a sprint.

    NC Mountain Girl | October 8, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Here is another indication of what may be going on behind the scenes in the Republican Caucus. Yesterday Trey Gowdy sent a blistering 13 page letter to ranking Democrat and Democrat apologist, Elijah Cummings.

    Sammy Finkelman | October 8, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Some key facts:

    1) Boehner has not officially submitted his resignation. He could, theoretically, at least, stay longer. But this is still expected to be resolved by the original date.

    2) The members of the Freedom Caucus could make a motion to vacate the chair. If Democrats go along with it, that would make the Speakership vacant. If the position of Speaker becomes vacant, the House can not conduct any other business until a Speaker is elected, not even a motion to adjourn. The members of the Freedom Caucus don’t seem disposed to make such a motion.

      If Boehner had any integrity, he’d open up his stomach, and thus leave the Squeaker position open for a real man or woman.

      Instead, he’s continuing his enabling of Obama, and stabbing his party in the back.

      What a sick, alcoholic bastard.

      Boehner will have at least one thing in common with his extorter Obama: both their names will live in infamy as derogatory nouns.

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