There have been at least a few rumors that Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, was preparing to resign from Congress altogether after being ousted as speaker of the House.
Recently, McCarthy commented on the validity of those rumors:
Not long after McCarthy had been removed from the speakership, there were already fake news articles out from liberal sources claiming that he was possibly planning on leaving Congress completely.
It didn't take long for the lawmaker to debunk those suggestions:
"No, I’m not resigning. I’m staying, so don’t worry," McCarthy said. "We’re going to keep the majority, I’m going to help the people I got here and we’re going to expand it further."
McCarthy made the comments at the same event in which he confirmed that he already spoken to both Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, and Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, about the possibility of taking over the position.
There are two men who are being considered the frontrunners to take the spot left vacant when McCarthy was removed.
1) Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio.
Jim Jordan is a strong ally of Donald Trump, so would most likely have support from many MAGA Republicans.
2) Steve Scalise, America's Number 2 House Republican.
Matt Gaetz, the man who started the McCarthy removal process, is apparently a fan of Scalise.
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado had already come out in support of Rep. Kevin Hern, calling him the "unifier" that the Republican party needs right now.
Hern seemed to think that he would be able to bring the party together in ways that haven't been seen in a while.
"We're doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results where leadership just keeps ascending through the ranks. People have asked me about looking at an alternate choice," Hern said. "And so, I'm going around talking about this issue with other groups of people and see if their votes are there."
However, Hern subsequently announced that he was not planning to pursue the position after all.
"House Republicans must unify -- and do it fast. It's clear to me that a three-man race for speaker will only draw this process out longer, creating further division which would make it harder for any candidate to reach 217 votes," Hern wrote to GOP colleagues.
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