A hot mic moment was captured by CNN as Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was interviewed by the network on Friday.
The voice of an unknown female was picked up in the background, clearly upset over McCarthy's situation.
'Oh, for Christ's sake': CNN hot mic catches audible groan during Kevin McCarthy remarks https://t.co/qKdfgYXGSz
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"We'll be back tonight. I believe at that time we'll have the votes to finish this once and for all," McCarthy told reporters.
"It just reminds me of what my father always told me- it's not how you start it's how you finish. And now we have to finish for the American public to turn around," he added.
"Oh, for Christ's sake," a female voice is heard saying on-air, including an audible groan.
Some speculation has stated the comment came from CNN contributor Karen Finney, while others suggested the voice was CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash.
McCarthy, who has represented Bakersfield in the House since 2007, is now the second consecutive House Speaker from California, following Nancy Pelosi. https://t.co/tnHQ4uPpyQ
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McCarthy finally secured the votes to become House speaker early Saturday morning during a marathon 15th round of voting.
The four-day process to select the leader of the 118th House was a source of much frustration for lawmakers and many Americans.
A group of 20 GOP holdouts kept McCarthy from an early win, blocking multiple rounds of voting as part of negotiations. In addition to McCarthy, various rounds nominated Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and even former President Donald Trump as alternatives to the former House Minority Leader.
McCarthy ultimately won, with the party now in need of a quick rebound to focus on other issues to address the concerns of the nation.
Source: Fox News