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ificandream

(9,290 posts)
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 12:28 PM Dec 2023

Former speaker Kevin McCarthy will retire from Congress at end of year

Last edited Wed Dec 6, 2023, 02:41 PM - Edit history (1)

Source: Washington Post

By Mariana Alfaro, Jacqueline Alemany and Leigh Ann Caldwell

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the former House speaker who was ousted from his position in October in a revolt by hard-right members, will not seek reelection to his congressional seat and will retire from Congress at the end of this month, he announced Wednesday.

“I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways,” McCarthy said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “I know my work is only getting started.”

McCarthy’s retirement will bring to an end a 17-year House career in which he rose quickly through the ranks of Republican leadership, culminating with his stint as speaker. His ouster marked the first time in history that the House voted to remove its leader, a move that threw the chamber into a period of instability.

McCarthy’s departure before the end of his term means California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will have to call a special election to replace him.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/12/06/kevin-mccarthy-retire/



Good riddance.

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Updated to revised version with career length adjusted to 17 years from 16.
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Former speaker Kevin McCarthy will retire from Congress at end of year (Original Post) ificandream Dec 2023 OP
Ego will not let him stay. So long kevin, don't let that door hit you on the way out. republianmushroom Dec 2023 #1
another one bites the dust ! noclue023 Dec 2023 #4
He's their biggest fundraiser, so he won't be allowed to fall far Warpy Dec 2023 #29
Another profile in courage hahaha hibbing Dec 2023 #2
Unfortunately, Wikipedia suggests no chance of a seat pickup: nitpicked Dec 2023 #3
"... to serve America in new ways." Harker Dec 2023 #5
If he were to be served as dinner BigmanPigman Dec 2023 #39
The GOP will have to find somebody Turbineguy Dec 2023 #6
Now, there's a crash and burn worthy of a Greek tragedy. malthaussen Dec 2023 #7
Well...bye! PatrickforB Dec 2023 #8
Bye, Felicia. I wonder who my new rep will be? onecaliberal Dec 2023 #9
Take your ball and go home! Novara Dec 2023 #10
Yesterday , on the stephanie miller show , a guest who predicted kevin would loeave by years end Fullduplexxx Dec 2023 #11
Hasn't Eric Swalwell been predicting this for some time now? Attilatheblond Dec 2023 #24
Yea that's from whom i heard it Fullduplexxx Dec 2023 #40
It sounds like he has a cushy job lined up somewhere Mr. Sparkle Dec 2023 #12
Running the cash laundry franchise for the real powers that be? n/t Attilatheblond Dec 2023 #25
Working with the orange fuhrer ..... Hope22 Dec 2023 #30
or being in charge of the candy dish Attilatheblond Dec 2023 #41
LOL! N/t Hope22 Dec 2023 #42
Gutless wonder. His replacement will be somebody worse. (nt) Paladin Dec 2023 #13
Maybe Ron DeSenseless moniss Dec 2023 #14
Or trump will announce he has a new shoe-shining and diaper manager. Escurumbele Dec 2023 #32
Will he join the "band on America "? CaptainTruth Dec 2023 #15
No, he'll be on Ghost of Tom Joad Dec 2023 #23
Or Dancing With Morons CaptainTruth Dec 2023 #38
Goose. Cooked. Wild blueberry Dec 2023 #16
Kevin gets the Powers Booth treatment Ray Bruns Dec 2023 #17
Matt's "leverage" keeps on getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller... Ford_Prefect Dec 2023 #18
And with that, the "Young guns" are done. Mawspam2 Dec 2023 #19
Back to the deli! rsdsharp Dec 2023 #20
He'll name a sandwich for himself BaronChocula Dec 2023 #26
Bad Feeling About This Owens Dec 2023 #21
I hope... 2naSalit Dec 2023 #22
Was really hoping for a seat gain bluestarone Dec 2023 #27
In the words of Ray Charles...Hit the road Jack and don't you come back. iluvtennis Dec 2023 #28
Retiring and never showing his face again is the best service he can do to the country. Escurumbele Dec 2023 #31
... BumRushDaShow Dec 2023 #33
Potential Pickup? Deep State Witch Dec 2023 #34
More likely someone even more maggotter than he is. Wonder Why Dec 2023 #36
Can the Rebl2 Dec 2023 #35
Bye bye Kevin... don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out! D23MIURG23 Dec 2023 #37

Warpy

(111,095 posts)
29. He's their biggest fundraiser, so he won't be allowed to fall far
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 03:07 PM
Dec 2023

Don't be surprised to see him waltz right into Ronna McDaniel's job.

nitpicked

(261 posts)
3. Unfortunately, Wikipedia suggests no chance of a seat pickup:
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 12:37 PM
Dec 2023

The new 20th district is the most Republican district in California, with a Cook Partisan Voting Index rating of R+16.[2]

malthaussen

(17,152 posts)
7. Now, there's a crash and burn worthy of a Greek tragedy.
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 12:58 PM
Dec 2023

Or maybe a comedy. I'm sure Aristophanes would have some pointed things to say.

-- Mal

PatrickforB

(14,549 posts)
8. Well...bye!
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 01:01 PM
Dec 2023

McCarthy had endured some serious public humiliation that reflects the growing dysfunction of his party. It really is a clown car, and that is sad for all of us. People are suffering, dying, don't have healthcare, don't have childcare, cannot make ends meet, and this party is goofing around with 'border walls,' abortion, repealing the Affordable Care Act (again), and other things that don't materially benefit any Americans but billionaires and corporations.

Rachel Maddow had Liz Cheney on her show last time, and that was good, but the time before she said we are in for a really bad year in 2024. She said that this does not happen to every generation but these times have been thrust upon us and we need to deal with them. How? In a democratic republic such as ours, we must fight these facist tendancies through democratic means.

In spite of polls I think Biden will win because GenZ will come out and vote. But they want real action, and it is good for all those in power to note that. They want real gun control, abortion services, more childcare subsidies, and healthcare. Republicans are also talking about cuts to Social Security and Medicare, which will cost them senior votes. For example, I am in my mid sixties and I would NEVER, EVER vote for any Republican just due to that.

Plus we want a real wealth tax, and not just 2% - it needs to be higher than that because every billionaire is a failure in tax policy. We also need to impose a stakeholder approach to corporate governance instead of giving primacy to shareholder profits. We need to get some regulatory control of home schooling too. If you saw one of the recent John Oliver shows, the guy in charge of the home school lobby fights tooth and nail against ANY regulation. This is unacceptable and hurts our children's future. It exposes them to potential abuse by sheltering them from mandatory reporting, and opens the way for substandard academic performance for a substantial percentage of our K-12 student population.

Lots of policy priorities, and Democrats MUST, MUST, MUST be aware of these and prepared to address them.

Novara

(5,806 posts)
10. Take your ball and go home!
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 01:06 PM
Dec 2023

So many of them are leaving. We could either end up with a lot more wackos or we could end up with some sane people.

The wackos are not winning the majority of their races lately, so there's hope.

Fullduplexxx

(7,836 posts)
11. Yesterday , on the stephanie miller show , a guest who predicted kevin would loeave by years end
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 01:09 PM
Dec 2023

I can't remember who it was

Attilatheblond

(2,102 posts)
24. Hasn't Eric Swalwell been predicting this for some time now?
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 02:40 PM
Dec 2023

In my fantasy revenge dreams, Swalwell holds him down for a swirly, Ted Lieu flushes, while Adam Schiff, with the sweetest face in congress, stands lookout in the hall.

Wouldn't be surprised if a bunch of GOP congress cretins lined up to help.

Ah... fantasies are so much fun.

Mr. Sparkle

(2,925 posts)
12. It sounds like he has a cushy job lined up somewhere
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 01:16 PM
Dec 2023

The billionaire class looks after those who serve them well.

Attilatheblond

(2,102 posts)
41. or being in charge of the candy dish
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 06:23 PM
Dec 2023

Those green Skittles aren't gonna throw themselves in the garbage.

Mawspam2

(714 posts)
19. And with that, the "Young guns" are done.
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 02:06 PM
Dec 2023

Eric Cantor. Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy.

See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya.

Owens

(188 posts)
21. Bad Feeling About This
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 02:17 PM
Dec 2023

I think he was pressured to resign so the MAGAs could replace him with someone worse

bluestarone

(16,821 posts)
27. Was really hoping for a seat gain
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 03:01 PM
Dec 2023

But from what it sounds like NO WAY for a Dem. to win. Dam i thought no rethug would make it in California.

Escurumbele

(3,364 posts)
31. Retiring and never showing his face again is the best service he can do to the country.
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 03:14 PM
Dec 2023

Good bye Kevin, we will not miss you.

Deep State Witch

(10,393 posts)
34. Potential Pickup?
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 05:25 PM
Dec 2023

Is there any possibility of a seat pickup? I know that Bakersfield is pretty conservative compared to the rest of California. Is there a good challenger?

Rebl2

(13,412 posts)
35. Can the
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 06:25 PM
Dec 2023

governor determine when the special election will be? Our republican governor didn’t set up a special election in a timely manner for a state house seat last year and it was to replace a republican representative. Don’t remember if the representative quit or died. I just found it odd.

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