McCarthy: Decision to Run in 2024 Will Be a ‘Gut Call’

December 2, 2023

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is still undecided about whether to run for reelection next year after falling from the third most powerful spot in the nation.

According to the congressman, the decision will eventually come down to a "gut call." This comes on the Heels of fellow Republicans electing him to be the Speaker of the House, and then removing him a few short months later, as The Epoch Times reported.

The former House Speaker has until December 8 to file the required papers to register his candidacy.

However, after a turbulent year in which he became the third-shortest-serving speaker in American history, and the Republican is still contemplating his choices going forward.

McCarthy's Comments

“If I’m walking away from something that I spent two decades at, I don’t want to look back and say I made an emotional decision,” he said at The New York Times DealBook Summit in New York on Nov. 29.

McCarthy stated that his goal as House Republican conference leader was to widen the party boundaries.

When comparing his fellow Republicans to their Democratic colleagues, he stated that the Democrats resembled America, whereas the GOP resembled a country club.

However, it is thought that it was his leadership style that ultimately lost him the gavel, as numerous hardliners in his conference said he had broken his end of the bargain he signed to earn their votes for speaker.

In the course of the conference, McCarthy discussed not only his own political future but also the political future of Donald Trump, who had previously served as President.

Under the leadership of the previous president, he remarked that "America would be stronger." He also mentioned that he intends to vote for President Trump in the upcoming election in 2024.

The Push Against McCarthy

For Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), who was the driving force behind the effort to remove McCarthy from his position, the deal reached by the California congressman to support a stopgap spending package on September 30 in order to prevent a shutdown of the government was the final nail in the coffin.

“Speaker McCarthy made an agreement with House conservatives in January and since then he’s been in brazen, repeated material breach of that agreement,” Mr. Gaetz said on Oct. 1.

“This agreement that he made with Democrats to really blow past a lot of the spending guardrails we set up is a last straw.”

McCarthy is the only House speaker in the 234-year history of Congress to have been dismissed from office.

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