The second day of the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives began with yet another unsuccessful attempt to install a new speaker of the house. And one former lawmaker had a pretty sharp depiction of Kevin McCarthy, who is frantically vying for the top seat in the House.
Former Representative David Jolly stated on Tuesday that all the failed votes to install California’s McCarthy in the speaker’s office on Tuesday might be the final nail in McCarthy’s political coffin rather than his elevation.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace on Tuesday, Jolly, who served as the congressman for Florida’s 13th District from 2014 to 2017, attacked McCarthy and stated that Washington does not trust him.
McCarthy sat for election to House speaker despite three failed votes on Tuesday, marking the first time in a century that the speaker’s post was so hotly disputed. McCarthy fell short of the 218 votes required to gain the job because the “Freedom Caucus” opposed him vehemently.
Jolly, though, believes that McCarthy’s candidacy for speaker might spell the end of his political career, rather than the next stage in his ascent.
“I personally think Kevin McCarthy’s done,” Jolly told Wallace, according to Mediaite. “He might have one last shot behind closed doors, but I think his run of the speakership is probably done.”
In fact, according to Jolly, McCarthy’s eventual retirement from Congress would be precipitated by his numerous unsuccessful attempts and the resistance he faces.
Jolly stated that the issue is that “nobody trusts Kevin McCarthy.”
“Kevin McCarthy can’t be trusted because he will say one thing to one person and another to another. Understand what’s in the balance here. There are chairmanships, where he’s promised multiple things to multiple people, and he can’t be trusted,” Jolly exclaimed.
Jolly also stated that Nancy Pelosi “ruled with an iron fist but velvet glove. You didn’t cross her.” And the last Republican speaker of the House, John Boehner, conducted his chamber as a “disciplined” leader whom legislators did not challenge if they understood what was best for them. Jolly stated that people did not oppose Paul Ryan while he was speaker because “he was your friend and brother, and you didn’t want to cause him harm.”
However, Jolly added, “Kevin McCarthy can’t be trusted, and he’s showing that in the way he is trance acting with others to get to 218.”
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“Well, what happens,” Jolly added, “now the kids realize they get to rule the playground, and Kevin McCarthy as the playground monitor can’t get control of this.”
Finally, Jolly had a very dark read on McCarthy’s future.
“And I would be surprised, Nicole, if Kevin McCarthy is in the House of Representatives a year from now. I think he resigns,” Jolly concluded. CONTINUE READING…