Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times
The conservative base is cheering!
WASHINGTON — Representative Kevin McCarthy on Thursday abruptly took himself out of the race to succeed John A. Boehner as speaker, apparently undone by the same forces that drove Mr. Boehner to resign.
Mr. McCarthy’s candidacy was damaged when he suggested in an interview on Fox News last week that the House committee investigating Benghazi had the political aim of damaging the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
As shocked members left the room there was a sense of total disarraywith no clear path forward and no set date for a new race. Representative Peter King, Republican of New York, said Mr. McCarthy dropped out of race telling the room “I’m not the one to unify the party.”
A group of about 40 hardline House conservatives announced Wednesday night that they would support Representative Daniel Webster of Florida, making it unclear whether Mr. McCarthy could assemble the 218 votes on the floor that he would need to be elected later this month.
After many speaking gaffes, conservatives were dismayed that McCarthy was receiving endorsements from “establishment” Republicans and didn’t want another candidate in the same ilk as Boehner.
We’re looking for true conservatives to step in. Our message is to Republican establishment is stop wasting our time and money on middle-of-the-road RINOs!
McCarthy exiting the race is a small step in the right direction.