Kevin McCarthy was nearly house speaker in 2015. Instead, the Freedom Caucus ended up negotiating a deal with Paul Ryan. The rest is history.
Lost in that year of political upheaval was the drama surrounding Kevin McCarthy’s exit.
McCarthy supposedly withdrew his consideration because of some inartful comments made about Hillary’s Benghazi scandal. From Politico:
They’re seizing on comments from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in which he boasted on national television that the panel’s work has hurt Hillary Clinton in the polls — a statement her supporters say vindicates their view that the panel is a politically motivated effort to damage her campaign.
Already, Republicans are distancing themselves from McCarthy’s remarks, even as he’s leading the race to be the next speaker of the House, and defending the panel they formed to investigate the 2012 attack on the Libya consulate. Democrats, on the other hand, have demanded that the panel be dissolved, with some Clinton allies even calling for McCarthy to abandon his bid to become speaker.
Naturally, this was not the real reason for McCarthy’s exit from the speakership.
The real reason McCarthy withdrew his name from consideration for House Speaker was his affair with Renee Ellmers. MORE
I’m fine with it happening again. Hell with Kevin McCarthy!
What happened to all that c i v i l w a r tough talk? Now it’s “we’ll get’em next time.” Here we go again. The d o j and f b ly will continue unchecked.
If they didn’t have dirt on them, you wouldn’t know ANY of these human turds. And you thought professional sports was full of hoodlums.
God will flush them all.
From Renee Ellmers to Frank Luntz?
He wouldn’t have to pull out of the race if he would have pulled out of Renee Ellmers
He is as greasy as Romney or Ryan.
I’m no McCarthy fan, but there is no evidence of an affair. Just unsubstantiated rumor.
As far as I’m concerned, he’s cheated on the American people his whole career!
Like all unipartiers. Get him out.
Tony R, maybe Renee Ellmers is his scandal beard, like Vera Baker was for Barky.
Hopefully, McCarthy will go the way of Pelosi: out.