A former GOP leader said that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) would resign from the House within a year if he is not selected as the next speaker.
Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace the startling prediction during an interview on Tuesday.
‘Nobody Trusts Kevin McCarthy’: Former GOP Rep Predicts McCarthy Will Resign From House Within A Year https://t.co/gLpiwU7Uph
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“I personally think he’s done, I don’t think there’s a path for Kevin. He may have one last shot behind closed doors, but I think his run of the speakership is probably done, and I would be surprised, Nicolle, if Kevin McCarthy is in the House of Representatives a year from now,” Jolly said.
“I think he resigns," he added during the interview.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 4, 2023
"McCarthy (R-Calif.) could only lose four Republican votes in his bid to replace former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), but watched as 19 GOPers balked on the first and second ballots, joined by a 20th defector on the third," the New York Post reported.
"The House adjourned Tuesday evening without a resolution, scheduling a fourth round of voting to begin around noon Wednesday," it added.
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McCarthy does not intend to drop out, with the leadership decision process ongoing for some time. It is uncertain whether there are currently any concessions in place to help change the votes of any member who opposed him on Tuesday.
In addition to Jordan, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs has made moves to become speaker but was not included in Tuesday's votes.
It is also possible that McCarthy could seek concessions with some Democrats to secure a win, though the move would further erode trust with the GOP.
The latest gridlock could signal what the future hold for the GOP. Despite holding a majority in the House, the party is divided between those holding to strict conservative values and those who seek to be more strategic in order to get something done in Washington.
The disunity also signals the need for a unifying leader for the party in 2024, leaving the door wide open for a new GOP presidential candidate to emerge in the days ahead.