Nancy Pelosi is out.
But that was just the beginning of the drama.
Nancy Pelosi just lost her job, and you won’t believe what happened next.
Republican Kevin Kiley won his congressional race out in California giving the GOP a majority in the House of Representatives.
Decision Desk HQ projects Kevin Kiley (R) wins election to the U.S. House in California’s 3rd Congressional District.#DecisionMade: 6:13pm EST
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 15, 2022
That meant Republicans booted Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House.
Pelosi’s ouster left open the question of who would replace her.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy seemed like the favorite but the moderate Republican faced opposition from the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Freedom Caucus members held out their support for McCarthy – a candidate needs 218 votes on the floor of the House to win the speaker’s gavel – to press McCarthy for rule changes that would empower conservatives on committee assignments and legislation.
But in the GOP’s leadership election McCarthy fell far short of rounding up the necessary support to win the speaker’s election in January defeating Freedom Caucus member Andy Biggs 188 to 31.
After the vote McCarthy allies tried to present a confident front about the speaker election in January.
“We’re going to elect a Republican speaker, and if that’s tumultuous so be it,” California Congressman Darrell Issa stated. “But at the end of the day, Kevin McCarthy has the vast majority of members committed to him.”
Conservatives poked holes in those claims noting that McCarthy turned in a weak showing in the House GOP leadership election and if McCarthy wanted to secure 218 votes he needed to meet the Freedom Caucus’s demands.
“The Speaker of the House, whomever he or she is, will be required to recognize the center of gravity of the conference itself. And the Freedom Caucus has moved that center of gravity to the right,” Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins stated adding that he was tired of GOP leadership selling out to cut deals with Democrats that were not “reflective of the deepest core principles of the American people.”
Texas Congressman Chip Roy told reporters that no candidate had 218 votes and that no one knew how the race would end up playing out.
“We just view it as another step in the process to figure out where we are going. … No one has 218 or a sufficient number, and then the question is what are we going to do to get there,” Roy stated.
Republicans secured one of their objectives by removing Pelosi as speaker of the House.
But now the conference needs to come to a consensus on who will replace her.
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