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‘Shell shocked’ Kevin McCarthy will not run for House speaker again following removal

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will not run again for House speaker, he told reporters on Tuesday evening following a narrow vote to remove him from the role earlier in the day.

“I may have lost the vote today, but as I walk out of this chamber, I feel fortunate to serve the American people. I leave the speakership with a sense of pride and accomplishment, and yes, optimism,” McCarthy said. “I believe I can continue to fight — maybe in a different manner. I will not run for speaker again. I’ll have the conference pick somebody else.”

Eight Republican lawmakers joined every present House Democrat in a vote to oust McCarthy from the top job.

Taking a shot at them, McCarthy said: “Unfortunately, 4% of our conference can join all the Democrats and dictate who could be the Republican speaker in this House.”

McCarthy angered hardliners over the weekend when he passed a short-term spending bill known as a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open for 45 days in order to avert a government shutdown and give lawmakers more time to cobble together 12 individual spending bills.

Ninety House Republicans voted against the CR on Saturday, arguing that it was a “clean” extension of the previous Democrat-held Congress’ policies. But the speaker’s previous attempts to put a CR on the table that would cut spending for its short duration were upended by several of those same conservatives who were opposed to any such measure on principle.

Elizabeth Elkind is a reporter for Fox News Digital focused on Congress as well as the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and politics. Previous digital bylines seen at Daily Mail and CBS News.

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