Rep. McCarthy announces intent to run for Speaker of House

In the wake of the sudden resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, rampant speculation as to who will succeed departing Speaker John Boehner came to a halt as Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced his aim to hold the Speaker’s gavel.

McCarthy is the current House Majority Leader.

“We can’t ignore the differences that exist, but we can and must heal the divisions in our conference with work, time, and trust. That is why I have decided to run for Speaker of the House and graciously ask for your support.  I want us to be much closer to the people we represent, and I want them to once again feel like this is their government, they are in charge, and we are here to serve them.  If elected Speaker, I promise you that we will have the courage to lead the fight for our conservative principles and make our case to the American people. But we will also have the wisdom to listen to our constituents and each other so that we always move forward together,” McCarthy said in an email to House Republicans today. 

As the second-ranking House Republican, McCarthy seems to be the natural choice to assume the office; however, three House Republicans, Louisiana’s Steve Scalise, the current House Majority Whip, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, and Tom Price of Georgia have expressed an interest in the position or have announced their intent to fill the role.

Additionally, Representative Peter Sessions of Texas and Illinois’ Peter Roskam are rumored to want the job; both men have lobbied the GOP leadership to hold meetings prior to elections.

On Friday, Roskam said “he wants to see a more dramatic shake-up this time.”

While a shake-up is desperately needed, McCarthy’s declaration and the usual suspects of House leaders mulling a run indicate no such overhaul is forthcoming.

 

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