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 November 13, 2023

McCarthy refuses to commit to 2024 reelection, says he's still deciding

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy made headlines over the weekend as he signaled that he may or may not seek reelection next year.

According to the New York Post, McCarthy revealed his thoughts on the matter during a recent CNN interview, during which he also slammed the Republicans who helped pass a motion to vacate his leadership position.

His messaging seems mixed, as there was buzz after he was ousted from the speakership that he would pass on a reelection campaign, later denying those reports.

In the interview, he made it clear that he hasn't made a final decision yet, saying that he'll use the upcoming holidays to speak with his family about his path forward, if there is one.

"I got the holidays. I will talk to my family about the ideas of what is going forward, and then I will make a decision," McCarthy said.

"It hasn’t been gone that long, but like anyone else, I want to be at the table," he said during the CNN interview.

He reflected on transitioning back to a regular House member from the top leadership spot, adding, "It’s a little harder, you want to make other decisions."

"But unfortunately, eight Republicans worked with all Democrats to disrupt and now we’re in a different situation," McCarthy added.

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who led the charge in ousting McCarthy in extremely tension-filled days prior to the ouster vote, was targeted by the former speaker. McCarthy accused him of doing it all for show -- specifically for the television cameras.

"Matt’s goal was to be the TV congressman," McCarthy charged. "I think Congress is too important and the issues are too big to focus on such small things that Matt tries to. It’s more a division — and focused on himself."

McCarthy also commented on the drawn-out fight inside the Republican Party to replace him, noting that several House GOP members had been frontrunners and then suddenly dropped.

"Going through the three weeks taking down a Steve Scalise, Jim Jordan, Tom Emmer — all people who are really prepared to do the job —That was frustrating," McCarthy said.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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