(PartiallyPolitics.com) Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had struggled to win the support of the required number of House Representatives, struggling to find votes as late as 24 hours before the vote. McCarthy’s late concessions and overtures have weakened him even while he tried to take on a more aggressive stance as he took on the Biden administration and Democrats.
However, those who had expressed opposition against him appeared to be unwavering in their decision. Even those critics who had not openly disclosed what their vote would be appeared to be resisting McCarthy more and more rather than a shift towards his side.
The House Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry (R-Pa.), who had not disclosed what his vote would be ahead of time had said, “The fact that we are now approaching the eleventh hour is not the fault, or is not the responsibility, of his detractors. It’s his responsibility, and the blame lies with him.”
The Club for Growth, a conservative group, had also spoken out against the Speaker Candidate, saying that it would be better to have a Speaker who made concessions. This is not something that McCarthy is particularly well known to do.
With 222 incoming Republicans and 212 Democrats, every single vote in the GOP is extremely important. This is because McCarthy could have afforded to lose four votes at most in order to become the House Speaker.
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