McCarthy Refusing To Speak To One Democrat

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( – On Sunday, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated that Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) has not spoken to him once since he was removed from office, despite the two reportedly having a good working relationship prior to McCarthy’s ousting.

In an appearance on CNN’s “Inside Politics Sunday,” anchor Manu Raju asked McCarthy if he had maintained his good relationship with the New York Representative or any of the other Democrats who had voted against him remaining in office. In response, McCarthy said that he has not, as Jeffries has not spoken to him since his removal. He added that on the day of the vote, the Democrats had simply made a “political decision.”

McCarthy was ousted from office after Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) brought forward a motion to vacate against the former Speaker after McCarthy collaborated with the Democrats to pass a government funding bill and stop the government from shutting down. Those same Democrats voted to have McCarthy ousted from his seat in a 216-210 vote.

A total of eight Republicans, including Gaetz, had voted against McCarthy. Those were Reps. Andy Biggs (AZ), Bob Good (VA), Eli Crane (AZ), Ken Buck (CO), Matt Rosendale (MT), Tim Burchett (Tenn.), and Nancy Mace (SC).

McCarthy has previously stated that he was frustrated over the events that had unfolded during his ousting. He has also argued that while he was a conservative who liked governing, he did not see them as conservatives. He added that his removal was just the result of an “ethics complaint” that had occurred in the last Congress.

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