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McCarthy Suddenly Considers Attempt to Return to Speaker Position Amid Israel-Hamas War

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Kevin McCarthy, the former speaker of the House, said last week that he would not run for office again, but on Monday he made it clear that he might be interested in returning to his job.

Asked about whether he would be a candidate for speaker at a news conference on Capitol Hill, McCarthy said, “I’m going to allow the conference to do their work, but the one thing I would ask my conference, you have 96 percent of the conference in one place, and you’re allowing 4 percent with the Democrats playing politics that now are putting a doubt inside this body. That is wrong.”

Further, if House GOP members allow “a few individuals that love a camera more than they love the American public, we are not going to govern,” he said.

Republicans currently hold a slim 221 to 212 majority in the House.

It was last week that Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and seven other Republicans joined all the Democrats in the House to get rid of McCarthy as speaker. It was a 216-210 vote in favor.

After the vote, McCarthy told reporters, “I will not run for speaker again. I’ll have the conference pick somebody else.”

Gaetz and the other Democrats who voted with him were angry that McCarthy was able to get a continuing resolution passed that would fund the government until the middle of November with mostly Democratic backing.

Gaetz said on Monday on social media that McCarthy does not have enough votes to be re-elected speaker.

In response to GOP Rep. Mike Lawler of New York telling reporters, “A lot of people think Kevin McCarthy is the right person to lead us,” Gaetz wrote, “‘A lot of people’ < 218. Math is real. Time to move forward.” https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1711422458056634422?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1711422458056634422%7Ctwgr%5E2d6d1499930113406c71d4623c822a4564e024da%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.westernjournal.com%2Fmccarthy-suddenly-considers-attempt-return-speaker-position-amid-israel-hamas-war%2F Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina, who also voted to get rid of McCarthy, pointed to a CBS poll that showed 60% of Americans wanted McCarthy to be fired. https://twitter.com/NancyMace/status/1711462337578729877?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1711462337578729877%7Ctwgr%5E2d6d1499930113406c71d4623c822a4564e024da%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.westernjournal.com%2Fmccarthy-suddenly-considers-attempt-return-speaker-position-amid-israel-hamas-war%2F Kristen Welker of NBC's "Meet the Press" asked Gaetz if it was right to fire McCarthy without having a clear candidate ready. https://twitter.com/RepMattGaetz/status/1711026093493260572?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1711026093493260572%7Ctwgr%5E2d6d1499930113406c71d4623c822a4564e024da%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.westernjournal.com%2Fmccarthy-suddenly-considers-attempt-return-speaker-position-amid-israel-hamas-war%2F “Not only do we have a clear replacement, we have two,” the congressman responded. “And by-the-way,” Gaetz continued, “if we have a Speaker Jim Jordan or a Speaker Steve Scalise at the end of the coming week, there won’t be a single Republican, sans maybe Kevin McCarthy, who doesn’t believe that we have upgraded the position.”

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