Friday, 16 November, 2018

Ryan Appears to Signal Support for McCarthy as His Successor

Reps. Cedric Richmond D-La. right and Steve Scalise R-La. play during the Republicans 8-7 victory in the 55th Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park Ryan Appears to Signal Support for McCarthy as His Successor
Melinda Barton | 13 April, 2018, 01:45

Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana said Thursday that he would not challenge fellow congressman Kevin McCarthy of California for speaker of the House. "It shows you we have an intact leadership team".

McCarthy and Republican House Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) have quietly shored up support behind the scenes for months in case Ryan stepped down.

Ryan announced on Wednesday that he would not be seeking reelection come November, but maintained that he would stay in the House through the midterm elections.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) told Fox News Thursday that he wouldn't run against McCarthy for the position. "I mean, I've never run against Kevin and wouldn't run against Kevin". But that does not address what might happen if a third candidate emerges, and it appears McCarthy can't collect a majority of party votes.

McCarthy suggested in 2015 that a House committee probing the deadly 2012 raid on the USA embassy in Benghazi, Libya, had damaged Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's poll numbers, undermining GOP arguments that the investigation wasn't politically motivated. Members need certainty and they don't want to operate until November in a climate where every move from every member of leadership is viewed through the prism of jostling for the speakership. That means the candidate for speaker must have votes from all or almost all members of the party to get the required total of 50 percent plus at least 1 to become speaker.

Meadows said McCarthy has been "reaching out, trying to keep his promises to a number of members of the House Freedom Caucus that will serve him well in whatever race should he throw his hat in the ring". We passed good bills in the House to address numerous problems facing our country domestically and in foreign policy.

Scalise brushed aside reports that he's preparing a run for the job following Ryan's surprise retirement announcement Wednesday. "I've been real clear for a long time". "And they are going to immediately start positioning as this situation develops".

Scalise, who took a leave of absence from Washington after being critically wounded in last summer's horrific softball practice shooting in Washington, now serves as House Majority Whip, the caucus' number-three position.

Our sources say that could pull an already divided conference even further apart.

"Certainly, his leaving will create a real vacuum", stated the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Representative Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).