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Kevin McCarthy Says He Has No Plans To Retire From Congress

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California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the former Speaker of the House, has given his answer on what he will do since being removed from his position.

On Friday rumors were rampant in the media and in Washington DC circles that the former Speaker had decided to retire and would end his time in Congress before the next election.

The report was first done by Politico and then by CNN and other news organizations before reporters confronted the former Speaker about the rumors.

The representative emphatically denied the rumors and, when asked, said he did intend to campaign for election to the House again.

“No, I’m not resigning. I’m staying, so don’t worry,” he said to reporters. “We’re going to keep the majority, I’m going to help the people I got here and we’re going to expand it further.”

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In a press conference after he was removed as Speaker he informed reporters that he would not seek the Speakership again.

“From the day I entered politics, my initial mission has always been to make tomorrow better than today. I fought for what I believe in, and I believe in this country of America,” the former Speaker said. “My goals have not changed. My ability to fight is just in a different form.”

“Unfortunately, 4 percent of our conference can join all the Democrats and dictate who can be the Republican Speaker in this House,” he said. “I don’t think that room is good for the institution, but apparently I’m the only one. I believe I can continue to fight, maybe in a different manner. I will not run for Speaker again. I’ll have the conference pick somebody else.”

It came after Politico reported his imminent departure.

Kevin McCarthy is considering resigning from the House before the end of his term, two people familiar with the matter told POLITICO.

The deposed former speaker has made clear he plans to stay at least through the speakership election that begins next week before ending his House career, these people said, in order to help the party steady itself after a seismic shakeup.

In a closed-door meeting with his conference, hours after eight House Republicans united with Democrats to strip him of the gavel, the Californian signaled that he wanted to return home.

“I’m going to spend time with my family,” he said, though the remarks were largely drowned out by lawmakers’ shouting, according to Republicans familiar with the meeting.

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The former Speaker has vowed to not campaign for the position of Speaker again, but one Republican representative said that having McCarthy as Speaker again was the only way forward.

“The decisions that run the House, especially the election of the Speaker, belong to the majority.  When the majority fails to vote as a majority, it ceases to be one.  On Tuesday, eight Republicans stole that decision from the Republican conference and stole the House majority from the voters who elected it,” California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock said.

“What is to be done?  Each day that goes by without a Speaker, the House is paralyzed to act on the dangers bearing down on us.  Each day brings us closer to a power-sharing arrangement that will move the House sharply to the left and eliminate the only political counterweight in our elected government to the woke left,” he said.

“No candidate for Speaker is likely to receive 96 percent of the Republican Conference vote required by this new precedent.  Anyone who can achieve this feat will be captive to the whims of any five members with a grievance on any particular day.  Any Speaker elected under these terms would be unstable, weak and transient,” the representative said.

“The only workable outcome is to restore Kevin McCarthy as Speaker under party rules that respect and enforce the right of the majority party to elect him.  This depends entirely on several of the dissidents to disenthrall themselves from their decision and to repair the damage before it is too late.  I appeal to them to act while there is still time,” he said.

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