The Hill: Kevin McCarthy for Speaker? Conservatives May Back Him over Boehner

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (AP)

A report from The Hill claims Rep. Kevin McCarthy may find support from conservative Congressmen to take over John Boehner’s current position as Speaker of the House. As first reported by Breitbart, enough Republicans have committed to oppose Boehner’s re-election as Speaker that he will need Democratic support to keep his job.

From The Hill:

With Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) job in doubt, House conservatives have been holding internal talks about a new leadership coalition that could include Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as Speaker and more conservative members occupying lower rungs on the leadership ladder.

The informal discussions among members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are preliminary and informal, multiple GOP lawmakers tell The Hill.

Still, the intensifying chatter suggests a vote to oust Boehner could happen as early as this fall. It also shows that if the Speaker survives until after the 2016 elections, conservatives are actively discussing what kind of leadership team could emerge in a post-Boehner Congress.

One Freedom Caucus member involved in the discussions personally informed McCarthy over the summer recess that the majority leader could have his support for the top job in the event Boehner resigns or is forced out this fall.

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