Washington, Oct 7 (The Street Press) – Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy made it clear on Friday that he’s not stepping down early. He plans to complete his current term and run for re-election, despite some media reports suggesting otherwise.
There has been a lot of talk about McCarthy’s future lately. He’s in a unique position as the first House speaker in U.S. history to be removed from the role, all due to disagreements with some of the more conservative members of his party.
CNN, citing sources, reported earlier on Friday that McCarthy was expected to step down from Congress and stay out of the race for a new speaker.
In response, McCarthy assured reporters, “No, I’m not resigning. I’m staying, so don’t worry. We’re going to keep the majority. I’m going to help the people I got here, and we’re going to expand it.”
The House’s slim 221-212 Republican majority is gearing up to choose McCarthy’s successor, with a vote scheduled for Wednesday. It may take some time for Republicans to decide on their candidate.
There are two Republican lawmakers vying to replace McCarthy: Steve Scalise, who held the second-highest leadership position, and Jim Jordan, a vocal conservative with the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. Additionally, Kevin Hern has expressed the possibility of running for the position.