Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) might have been under the impression that he’s a shoo-in for the Speakership.
However, according to the Washington Examiner, that assumption appears to be far less likely as the Republican lawmaker struggles to mount the support he thought he might have.
Simply put, McCarthy has competition, namely from House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-AZ).
In a conference vote earlier this month, McCarthy fell short of the 218 votes needed to hand him the gavel in January, with Biggs receiving 31 of those votes.
“I refuse to assist him”
Biggs isn’t being shy about his ambition to take the top leadership spot in Congress, and second-in-line of presidential succession.
The Freedom Caucus chairman made that clear in a recent tweet.
“I cannot vote for Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker,” Biggs tweeted. “I do not believe he will ever get to 218 votes, and I refuse to assist him in his effort to get those votes.”
I’ve seen enough.
I cannot vote for Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker.
I do not believe he will ever get to 218 votes, and I refuse to assist him in his effort to get those votes.https://t.co/lyImFCOHgI
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 18, 2022
Some of McCarthy’s other challengers, echoing Biggs, said McCarthy lost his chance after Republican candidates failed to materialize the heavily-predicted “red wave” of victories in the 2022 midterm elections.
America will find out who the new Republican House Speaker is after a Jan. 3 vote.
Republicans in the 118th Congress are expected to aggressively pursue multiple investigations, including looks at the Biden family, the origins of COVID-19, and more.
Only time will tell if McCarthy can seal the deal, but a lot of things can develop in the coming weeks that could shift momentum one way or another.