McComeback? McCarthy opens door for GOP to reinstate him to Speakership

One weekend removed from his ouster, chatter on Capitol Hill is growing that former Speaker Kevin McCarthy may mount a comeback bid.

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield) may be reopening the door for a return bid to become Speaker mere days after Democrats and renegade Republicans voted to oust him.

McCarthy left open the door during a Monday morning press conference addressing the Hamas-led attack on Israel and ensuing conflict.


Driving the news: During the news conference, McCarthy was asked – amid chatter he might seek the post again after swearing it off in the aftermath of his motion to vacate – if he would reconsider running.

  • “Look, the conference has to make that decision,” the Bakersfield Republican replied.
  • While many of McCarthy’s allies in the House have backed other candidates for Speaker, some are already maneuvering back his direction.

What’s next: The House Republican Conference has a closed-door meeting Monday night for a member’s only discussion, formally kicking off the jockeying for the Speaker’s gavel.

  • Currently, two declared candidates have emerged: House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R–La.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R–Ga.)
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