House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blew off a scheduled meeting with the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) on Wednesday. At the meeting, McCarthy was going to explain the secret criteria list, including a voting scorecard, that he created for House Speaker John Boehner to use in his purge of conservatives from influential House committees.
A source familiar with the situation told Breitbart News that McCarthy backed out of the meeting at the last minute – after having agreed to it last week. “Congressman McCarthy did agree last week to attend today’s RSC meeting to discuss the issue of the four members removed from their committees,” the source told Breitbart News. “Citing the need to attend to a family matter, he did not end up making it to the meeting.”
McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott hasn’t immediately responded to Breitbart News’ request for comment, or details on what “family matter” caused him to back out of the meeting.
As Breitbart News first reported late Tuesday evening, purged Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) of Kansas said McCarthy had agreed to appear before the RSC to try and explain himself.
Elliott and other GOP leadership aides refuse to release the list and discuss the details of it on the record with press.