GOP lawmakers from districts Biden received say they’ll solely help McCarthy for Speaker

Present and incoming Republican members of the Home representing battleground congressional districts and districts that President Biden received within the 2020 presidential election vowed to solely help Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for Speaker on Thursday. 

The group of 15 signers, made up of six representatives and 9 representatives-elect, mentioned in a letter despatched to their Republican colleagues that they won’t help “any so-called shadow ‘consensus candidate’” for the Speakership. 

The letter was first obtained by Politico

“Allow us to be clear: we aren’t solely supporting Kevin McCarthy for Speaker, however will not be open to any so-called shadow ‘consensus candidate’ — no matter what number of votes it takes to elect Speaker-designate McCarthy,” they mentioned. 

Their pledge comes as McCarthy tries to safe sufficient help to be chosen as Speaker when the 118th Congress convenes on Tuesday. 

No less than 5 GOP Home members have instantly mentioned or strongly indicated that they won’t help McCarthy for Speaker, and extra have made calls for for the subsequent particular person within the position. With Republicans holding solely a slender majority within the Home subsequent session, McCarthy can afford to lose not more than 4 votes with a purpose to win the Speakership election, presuming each member of the Home is current and voting. 

The 5 opponents to McCarthy have mentioned they don’t plan to help him however haven’t pointed to a transparent various who might win the Speakership as a substitute. 

The signers of the letter mentioned no conservative candidate aside from McCarthy might win the help of 218 Republicans to grow to be Speaker. They famous that McCarthy has embraced a number of guidelines modifications that members have requested for the Republican convention and the Home as a complete. 

McCarthy has declared his help for a number of guidelines modifications, together with a requirement that 72 hours move between when the ultimate textual content of a invoice is launched and when it receives a vote. He has additionally voiced help for calls from some Home Republicans to dam legislative proposals from Senate Republicans who voted for the omnibus authorities funding invoice final week. 

However he advised conservative radio present host Hugh Hewitt earlier this month that the 5 members haven’t moved on their opposition to his Speakership. 

The signers of the letter mentioned they’re anxious a few of the guidelines modifications McCarthy has embraced might inadvertently give extra energy to Democrats within the minority, however they are going to help the modifications in the event that they unite the Republican convention behind McCarthy. 

“It’s our honest hope that every one of us can unite and be certain that we get on with the enterprise of addressing the challenges going through the American individuals,” they mentioned.