Kevin McCarthy, a former congressman, is said to have launched a “revenge campaign” against the people who terminated his tenure as speaker of the House.
McCarthy was ousted from the Speakership in October last year by a narrow margin after a few Republicans joined Democrats to support a motion of vacating.
McCarthy, according to an article in Politico, is planning revenge on the eight Republican legislators he believes have betrayed his trust.
The outlet reported that:
According to six sources familiar with the plans, who requested anonymity, a top McCarthy ally named Brian O. Walsh is leading an effort to recruit primary opponents to challenge members of the “Gaetz Eight,” the Capitol’s nickname given to Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and the seven Republicans who backed his anti-McCarthy campaign.
McCarthy will be reportedly using his extensive “donor networks” to target Gaetz and other candidates with well-funded, strong primary challenges.
Walsh was quoted saying, “These traitors have chosen to side with Nancy Pelosi and AOC, and over 200 Democrats, to undermine their institution, fellow Republicans, and the duly elected speaker.” “There have to be consequences.”
The report states that among the first targets are Rep. Matt Gaetz from Florida, Nancy Mace from South Carolina, Bob Good from Virginia, and Eli Crane, from Arizona.
McCarthy’s desire for revenge is evident in his quiet work, even after his ouster from Congress and removal as speaker in October. This shows that McCarthy and his supporters are still able to make their opponents’ lives miserable, even after leaving office.
McCarthy has given Walsh his blessing. The former speaker does not participate in the daily work of the project but he and key donors are informed about its progress.
It is unlikely that his efforts will be successful during this year’s Congressional session. Nancy Mace is his number one target. He views her vote as a betrayal, and McCarthy has described her South Carolina district as “Ground Zero” for McCarthy’s revenge campaign.
McCarthy’s anger grew as he pursued the speakership for so long, something he has wanted since he first entered Congress in 2006. McCarthy’s influence on the political scene will be reduced by his decision at the end of last year to resign his California congressional seat.
McCarthy said he did not regret his decision to negotiate with Democrats a continuing agreement to avoid a shutdown of the government.
He said, “One thing we should all understand, and if I could give any advice it would be: Don’t be afraid if you think your philosophy gives people more freedom.” Do not fear losing your job because of it.
“I knew that the day we chose to pay our soldiers while the war broke out instead of closing down was the right choice. I knew that some would also make a motion. They disagreed in some way with this decision. You can still do it. “I would do it again.”
It appears that he is looking to get revenge.