After ouster, McCarthy will not seek to reclaim speaker's gavel in next leadership fight

Conservative detractors sided with Democrats in a 216-210 vote to remove him on Tuesday.

Published: October 3, 2023 7:04pm

Updated: October 3, 2023 7:06pm

Ousted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will not seek to reclaim his post in the next leadership vote after lawmakers voted to remove him on Tuesday.

A source familiar with the matter confirmed to Just the News that McCarthy was removing his name from consideration when the House convenes to select a new speaker.

The California lawmaker became the first speaker ever removed by the House on Tuesday after a group of eight dissident Republicans voted with Democrats to boot him from his post.

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, with whom he had long feuded, led the effort to force a leadership change in the lower chamber.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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