Kevin McCarthy Retiring From House by End of December
Summary from the AllSides News Team
Key Quote: In a Wall Street Journal (Opinion rated Lean Right) op-ed, McCarthy said he would “serve America in new ways,” adding, “I will continue to recruit our country’s best and brightest to run for elected office. The Republican Party is expanding every day, and I am committed to lending my experience to support the next generation of leaders.”
For Context: McCarthy’s journey as speaker began and ended contentiously; in January, it took him 15 confirmation votes to overcome opposition from members of the hard-line conservative House Freedom Caucus. In October, many of those same members took issue with McCarthy’s acceptance of a bipartisan deal to avert a government shutdown, leading Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to call a vote to oust McCarthy. With most Republicans backing McCarthy, it would have taken just a handful of Democrats to save his job. Such cross-partisan votes on speakers are rare, however, and House Democrats united against him, calling him “untrustworthy.” After weeks of division within the House HOP caucus, and multiple failed votes, Republicans united to elect Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) as the next speaker.
How the Media Covered It: McCarthy’s announcement was the top story in most major news outlets on Wednesday afternoon. Coverage appeared fairly similar across the spectrum; HuffPost (Left bias) stood out by noting McCarthy’s response to the January 6 Capitol riot as his “most lasting legacy.”
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From the LeftKevin McCarthy Says He Will Retire From Congress This Month
Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is leaving Congress at the end of the month, he announced Wednesday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
The announcement comes weeks after McCarthy was thrown out of the speakership in a historic vote led by hard-right members of his own party, abruptly ending his steady rise in the House.
“No matter the odds, or personal cost, we did the right thing. That may seem out of fashion in Washington these days, but delivering results for the American people is still celebrated across the country,”...
From the CenterMcCarthy quitting Congress, says he’ll serve country ‘in new ways’
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, whose tumultuous tenure as speaker ended not quite nine months after it began, announced Wednesday he would leave Congress at the end of the year.
“I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways,” the California Republican wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “I know my work is only getting started.”
McCarthy’s departure announcement comes amid growing evidence that his fellow Republicans orchestrated his ouster as speaker in October mostly for personal, not political, reasons. The intraparty...
From the RightFormer Speaker Kevin McCarthy leaving Congress at end of year: 'Leaving the House but not the fight'
Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will leave Congress at the end of this year, he announced on Wednesday.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, McCarthy made his position known after months of speculation about what his future would hold.
“It is in this spirit that I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways. I know my work is only getting started,” McCarthy wrote in the op-ed.
The announcement of his imminent departure comes after McCarthy was ousted as speaker in early October after eight Republicans,...