If not Speaker Kevin McCarthy, then who?
That was the query hanging over the Capitol on Tuesday, because it turned clear that Democrats weren’t going to assist Mr. McCarthy survive the vote to oust him.
That there isn’t an apparent reply to the query was a part of Mr. McCarthy’s capacity to win the bruising battle for the job within the first place — he by no means let a severe various emerge.
9 months later, there nonetheless isn’t a transparent candidate in ready.
“I believe there’s loads of individuals who can step up and do the job,” Consultant Tim Burchett of Tennessee, one of many rebels bent on pushing Mr. McCarthy out, mentioned Tuesday morning, however he mentioned he didn’t know who he had in thoughts for the job as a substitute.
Consultant Eli Crane of Arizona, one other one of many hard-line holdouts towards Mr. McCarthy, mentioned he wasn’t there but by way of supporting another person.
“I don’t prefer to get the cart earlier than the horse,” he mentioned. “For me, proper now, that is nearly representing my voters and holding the speaker accountable for offers made and offers damaged.”
Some names have been beginning to be bandied about, whilst the entire potential successors vowed that they weren’t seeking to change Mr. McCarthy, who they mentioned they nonetheless supported.
Consultant Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, on Monday evening mentioned he was open to supporting Consultant Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the present No. 2 Home Republican and a longtime McCarthy rival who’s present process chemotherapy remedy for blood most cancers.
“I’m not going to go over Steve Scalise simply because he has blood most cancers,” Mr. Gaetz instructed a horde of reporters as he left the Capitol on Monday evening.
Consultant Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the No. 3 Republican within the Home who serves as the bulk whip, has additionally been talked about by a few of his colleagues as a viable choice. Mr. Emmer, who has hosted many late evening classes in his workplace with varied factions of the Republican convention, making an attempt to assist the group discover frequent floor, has gained the belief of the far-right members. However they don’t view him as a very sturdy chief.
“He’s a very good sounding board. He’s bought some good convention rooms. He doesn’t deceive us,” Mr. Gaetz mentioned of Mr. Emmer in an earlier interview. “We all know he can’t make something occur.”
One other logical particular person to show to could be Consultant Patrick McHenry, the longtime North Carolina congressman who’s shut with Mr. McCarthy and has beforehand served in management. However Mr. McHenry would most probably resist any try and draft him into the function. He selected to not run for a management function final 12 months, opting as a substitute to steer the highly effective monetary providers committee.
In a scramble, Consultant Elise Stefanik, the highest girl in management whose function means she works intently with all members of the convention, may emerge as one other potential various. Serving as convention chair and overseeing messaging for all Home Republicans, she is broadly seen as somebody with large political ambitions outdoors of the Home — like doubtlessly serving in a future Trump administration.
Consultant Tom Cole of Oklahoma, one of many longest serving Republicans within the Home who leads the Guidelines Committee, can be revered by each Republicans and Democrats alike.