McCarthy conspicuous absent from Pelosi’s career announcement

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that she will stand aside from leadership in the upcoming Congress, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was conspicuously absent from the event, informing reporters that he “had meetings” at the time.

The Washington Examiner reported that McCarthy and Pelosi have a chilly relationship that got even nastier following the Capitol attack on January 6, when McCarthy is running to be the next speaker of the House.

“I had meetings, but normally, the others would do it during votes — I wish she could have done that, I could have been there,” he told reporters shortly after the speech wrapped, adding that he didn’t watch any of it.

“Normally, when the speakers do that, like Paul Ryan and John Boehner did it during the vote, I would have liked that,” he added.

McCarthy adds more information

“It’s not just her, it’s Steny too — I mean, think about it. They’ve both had quite a career of how many decades they’ve been here, working through — so, it’s a whole new generation for the Democrats,” McCarthy said.

Pelosi announced on Thursday that she would not run for re-election as speaker but that she still intended to serve in Congress. There were just a small number of Republicans there, mostly from the California delegation.

The only member of the GOP leadership present was House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

The career politician served in the House of Representatives under the administrations of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden.

Pelosi goes for a low-blow

In what amounted to a partisan cheap hit at Trump, Pelosi specifically mentioned Bush, Obama, and Biden. Pelosi has previously described Trump as if he had been exterminated in a Stalinist purge.

The San Francisco progressive identified Trump as “the former, well, occasional occupant of the White House who preceded President Biden” in a September speech.

Pelosi previously said she would consider retiring after learning about an alleged assault on her husband, Paul Pelosi.

After the incident, in which a Canadian illegal immigrant allegedly carried out a home invasion at Pelosi’s San Francisco residence in an effort to confront the Democrat member, the Speaker praised her colleagues for their support.