Trump ally Kevin McCarthy selected to lead House GOP

Thursday, 15 Nov, 2018

With Ryan headed for the exits, McCarthy, the current No. 2 House Republican, had always been viewed as the heavy favorite to become minority leader in the new Congress, the highest-ranking GOP leadership post with Republicans in the minority after losing control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. Those who said they backed the Democrat in their own congressional district were most pleased (64% said they were happy) but a majority who say they voted Republican also feel mostly happy (53%). McCarthy, the House's majority leader since 2014, will serve as minority leader come January.

"We'll be back", McCarthy promised, claiming a unified front for the Republican leadership team.

Hill TV and HarrisX released a surprising poll, which overwhelming shows 72 percent of all respondents would like to see Trump face a primary challenger in the 2020 presidential election. The most famous of the freshmen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, posted a photo of the cover of the New Yorker magazine, which depicts incoming lawmakers of color pushing into a colorless room full of men with the caption: "Knock knock". "She knows how to build consensus", said Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Pelosi's longtime friend. "Our ideas are going to have to be stronger". He is well-liked among Republicans and rose to national prominence past year after he was shot and seriously injured at a GOP baseball practice in Virginia. They were defending 26 seats, 10 of which were in unfriendly territory President Donald Trump won in 2016.

During a closed-door session with House Republicans, the California lawmaker took a decisive victory against Jordan, bringing in 159 votes to the OH representative's 43 votes.

The US President told a rally in MS: "I'm not on the ticket, but I am on the ticket, because this is also a referendum about me".

Dhillon, founder of the Dhillon Law Group Inc. and the Republican National Committeewoman for California, told Ingraham that Ocasio-Cortez's protest stunt was "a little wacky and alarming, I'm sure particularly for Nancy Pelosi and other senior leaders of the Democratic Party, because they've won the election already". If they don't, they risk provoking chaos in their new majority - while alienating themselves with their new colleagues and party leaders who could help them ascend in their caucus and land plum committee spots. Both were selected by acclamation.

One issue that was seen as standing in his way to the leadership role was that he is a moderate - some would argue at times liberal - Republican in a party that has in recent years trended farther and farther toward the right.

Ernst on Wednesday called her election to leadership "a great honor".

McCarthy is running against hard-line conservative Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, for the top GOP leadership slot.

But the friendly talk papers over the infighting between the GOP's conservative and moderate flanks as lawmakers dole out blame after the midterm election losses that handed House Democrats the majority.

In his race for minority leader, McCarthy positioned himself as a close ally of Trump. Trump has referred to McCarthy as "my Kevin" since before his inauguration, and McCarthy has at times gone to great lengths to curry favor with Trump, both through legislation - such as by introducing a bill that would appropriate more than $23 billion to Trump's border wall plan - and other means, such as sending the president his favorite sweets.

Republicans net picked up six seats in 2010 and nine seats in 2014. "And that's job No. 1 in getting back to the majority". She has led the party in the House 16 years. So too are the "Young Guns" - former leader Eric Cantor and outgoing Speaker Ryan - who penned that strategy.

California Democrat Maxine Waters, who will head the House Financial Services Committee, has expressed interest in hitting banks with subpoenas regarding Trump's financial dealings, and the House Ways and Means Committee could now use its jurisdiction to demand Trump's tax returns.