October 7, 2023

Kevin McCarthy refutes rumors he is contemplating quitting Congress

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the recently ousted House speaker, has vehemently denied recent reports suggesting that he is contemplating resigning from Congress. 

McCarthy, who was unceremoniously removed from his position as House speaker, has been the subject of intense speculation regarding his political future, as Fox News reported.

The reports, which emerged in various media outlets, claimed that McCarthy was considering stepping down from his congressional seat following his ousting as House speaker.

However, McCarthy wasted no time in refuting these claims, asserting that they are entirely baseless and without merit. Speaking to reporters outside the Capitol, McCarthy firmly denied the claims.

McCarthy's Recent Work History

In a recent interview with Fox News, the former House speaker made it clear that he has no intentions of resigning his congressional seat, despite the manner in which he was removed from his post.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, McCarthy responded to recent speculation about his potential departure from Congress.

McCarthy unequivocally denied the rumors, firmly stating that he has no intention of leaving his current position. This comes in the wake of a Politico report suggesting that McCarthy was considering an exit from the congressional arena.

The Removal

In a closely contested vote on Tuesday, the former House speaker became the first in the position to be removed from his post. The motion to vacate the role was introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

Ultimately, McCarthy narrowly lost the vote with a final tally of 216-210. Gaetz reportedly warned that he would introduce the motion to vacate following a breakdown between Republican factions. This breakdown occurred in the midst of efforts to prevent a government shutdown the previous week.

McCarthy has been succeeded by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) as the speaker pro-tempore. McHenry's appointment is temporary and will be in effect until the House conducts a vote to select a permanent replacement next week.

Three potential candidates have emerged as viable replacements for McCarthy in the race for the position. These individuals include House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK).

Former President Donald Trump was initially suggested by some as a possible replacement, and he told Fox News Digital on Thursday that he would be willing to temporarily assume the position to help unite party members. Later, however, he formally lent his support to Jordan.

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