Representative McCarthy Drops out of Running for Speaker
WASHINGTON, D.C. —
An absolute political stunner out of Washington, D.C.! Representative Kevin McCarthy, expected to become the next speaker of the house, shockingly dropped out of the running just moments before a vote.
That threw the entire republican leadership for a loop and has Washington spinning.
If you've ever wondered what political chaos looks like, this is it!
"I think I shocked some of ya, huh?" said McCarthy.
With no warning, Kevin McCarthy, who had the inside track as the next speaker of the house, suddenly dropped out--to the amazement of colleagues.
"A lot of members didn't even realize what had happened," said Rep Ryan Costello.
"People were absolutely stunned," said Rep. Peter King.
"I mean you were behind him. Are you stunned?" said Dana Bash.
"Yep, totally stunned. No idea it was coming. No one did," said King.
"Are you surprised? Oh yeah! It's another shocking."
At a loss for words, all wonder what's next.
Speaker Boehner immediately postponed the vote even though there are still two other candidates: Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Florida's Daniel Webster.
The consensus: McCarthy might beat them, but could fall short in a full house vote later this month because the freedom caucus, the highly conservative group of about 40, would block it.
"I think there's something to be said for us to unite, we probably need a fresh face," said McCarthy.
"Now that it's wide open I think you might see 5 or 6 members step up," said Rep. John Flemming.
Democrats, pouncing on the chance to say it only highlights the GOP's infighting & dysfunction.
"There is a minority group of conservative Republican politicians that places their own extreme ideology ahead of everything else," Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary.
Speaker Boehner put out a statement stating he will stay on until his replacement is chosen, but keep in mind no firm date yet so that could in theory push him past his scheduled retirement.
One other note, it's not just a GOP leadership spot: this is also the seat that's third in line for the presidency, so it's a critical position.