McCarthy Loses for a Fifth Time


Kevin McCarthy didn’t just measure the drapes, but actually moved into the speaker’s office, a now infamously precipitous act, as it turned out.

McCarthy – a Republican representative from California – this afternoon lost his bid for the speakership of the U.S. House of Representatives for a fifth time.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, Republican of Texas earlier this afternoon put the name of fellow Republican, U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida, into nomination for the speakership of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“They want a new face, vision and leadership and I believe that new face, vision and leadership is Byron Donalds,” said Roy, who had previously backed U.S. Rep. Jim Jordans for speaker.

His initial endorsement proved complicated, because – as U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) noted – Jordan didn’t seek the speakership.

Jordan backed embattled U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) for the job.

McCarthy could not afford to lose four votes, and on the fifth ballot, Donalds – his name put in nomination by a clutch of GOP lawmakers on the right – had received six votes and counting.

The final outcome on the fifth ballot:

McCarthy 201

Hakeem Jeffries 212

Donalds 20

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