Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy announced on Friday that he did not intend to quit as a Congressman after resigning this week and announced that he would run for a new term as a legislator in the 2024 elections.
I’m not resigning. I will serve the entire term. “I still have a lot of work to do,” the Republican told reporters on Capitol Hill.
McCarthy was removed from the post of chairman of the House of Representatives last Tuesday after the motion of the radical Matt Gaetz of his own party against him was approved by 216 votes in favor and 210 votes against.
With his departure, history was made, because never before in the United States has an ‘orator’, as this position is called in English, been revoked.
The legislator noted that he had never thought about resigning and announced that in the 2024 legislative elections he would renew his seat as a representative of the 20th district of California and expand the majority of Republicans in the lower House.
In the November 2022 midterm elections, Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, where they have 221 seats, compared to 212 seats for Democrats.
With McCarthy’s resignation, the interim presidency of this House was left in the hands of Patrick McHenry, a Conservative colleague, appointed by McCarthy himself.
Two members of the more conservative Republican wing have officially run for office: the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jim Jordan, and the number two of the party, Steve Scalise, who is facing this challenge while being treated for cancer. from blood.
They are both good friends of mine. “I’ve talked to both of them,” McCarthy added on Friday.
Jordan was supported by former President Donald Trump (2017-2021), who proposed himself as a temporary president this Thursday if there is no consensus on a candidate.
A closed meeting of the Republicans on the succession is planned for next Monday, followed by a candidate forum on Tuesday.
An internal vote is expected on Wednesday to elect the mayoral candidate, but there is no set date yet for this person to submit to the consideration of the entire lower House.