McCarthy Leaves Congress?

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( – Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, has made a bold prediction regarding the political future of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California. Following the historic expulsion of former Representative George Santos from New York, Swalwell speculates that McCarthy will be the next GOP member to exit Congress by the end of the year.

Swalwell shared his thoughts on X, previously known as Twitter, highlighting his belief that McCarthy’s departure from Congress is imminent. He questioned McCarthy’s resolve to complete his term, referencing a contentious incident involving McCarthy and Representative Tim Burchett, a Republican from Tennessee. The incident involved an alleged elbowing by McCarthy, which he has since denied, claiming it was accidental.

This prediction comes in the wake of McCarthy’s brief tenure as Speaker of the House, which was marked by internal party strife and accusations of unfulfilled promises and policy disagreements. Despite McCarthy’s aspirations for the position, his time as Speaker was cut short by a faction within his own party.

During his speakership, McCarthy faced criticism for his reluctance to expel Santos, despite mounting evidence against the former congressman. However, McCarthy’s stance was partially influenced by the narrow majority he held in the House. The situation evolved with the conclusion of the Ethics Committee’s report on Santos and the subsequent election of Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, as the new Speaker.

The tension between Swalwell and McCarthy also escalated earlier this year when McCarthy, as Speaker, formally blocked Swalwell from serving on the House Intelligence Committee.

Despite swirling rumors and speculation about his future in the House, McCarthy has dismissed any notions of resigning midterm after losing the Speaker’s position. He has expressed his intention to continue working and plans to run for re-election in 2024.

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