Widely seen as John Boehner’s obvious successor, Kevin McCarthy shocked everyone in attendance when he announced he would be dropping out of the race for Speaker of the House.
Citing a fractured party and increased pressure from the staunchly conservative group, The Freedom Caucus, it seems the clear divisions within the GOP wore McCarthy down before the fight even really began.
Speaking to the press, McCarthy stated,
“If we’re going to unite and be strong, we need a new face to do that.”
His overall profile within the GOP was definitely not helped when he claimed last week that the Benghazi investigation against Hillary Clinton was largely a political maneuver.
After the announcement, attention immediately shifted towards popular house member, and former Vice Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, who wasted no time in Tweeting:
I will not be a candidate for Speaker. I continue to believe I can best serve the country & this conference as Chairman of the Ways & Means.
— Paul Ryan (@PRyan) October 8, 2015
On to the next one.