WASHINGTON (AP) — Stunned and divided, House Republicans sought a way forward Tuesday as Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pledged to bring them together after Speaker John Boehner’s sudden resignation.
The five-term California Republican moved aggressively to lock up support to move into Congress’ top job, second in line to the presidency. He faced little serious competition, though the same hardline conservatives who forced Boehner out command enough votes to complicate McCarthy’s ascent, even without fielding a candidate of their own.
“I know what’s going on across the country, and I’m concerned about what we hear,” McCarthy told reporters. “We want to make sure that we’re closer to the people, that they feel this is their government, they’re in charge and we serve them.
“Now, that’s not easy, and it won’t change overnight. But that’s our mission.”
McCarthy spoke as the contest to replace him as majority leader turned volatile, with some conservatives announcing they wanted to draft Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the special panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks, and Hillary Clinton.
Gowdy took himself out of the running late in the day, stressing that he doesn’t want to give up his responsibility as Benghazi committee chairman. “I’ve never run for …read more
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