Kevin McCarthy Seeks To Avoid Pelosi’s Footsteps

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Former Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he does not want to follow in Nancy Pelosi’s footsteps and stay in Congress after losing the Speakership. Mr. McCarthy announced his departure from the House in early December, saying he wanted to move on and “serve America in new ways.”

Representing the 20th Congressional District in California, McCarthy was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 and rose to take the Speaker’s gavel in January, following a mammoth 15 rounds of voting. He took on the role having promised concessions that would ironically lead to his ousting months later.

One such concession was to agree that a single member could trigger a no-confidence vote in the Speaker, and that very promise was used against him when Floridian Rep. Matt Gaetz filed a “motion to vacate the chair” in October. McCarthy lost the subsequent vote and was eventually replaced by Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana.

Having lost the vote, McCarthy initially said he had no plans to retire but later reassessed his future and said it was time to go. He told reporters he was proud of his record in Congress; “No matter the odds or personal cost, we did the right thing,” he said.

Nancy Pelosi, by contrast, has announced that she intends to stand for Congress again next year – at 83. Pelosi has represented San Francisco since 1983 and has twice served as Speaker. She stepped down as leader of the Democrats when the GOP took control this year, saying she would step aside for a new generation of leaders. Democrats elected current Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries in her place.

The announcement that she intends to run again prompted some commentators to revisit an issue of increasing concern among voters – the age of political leaders and whether they have the physical and mental strength to perform effectively. The late Senator Dianne Feinstein served until her death at 90, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is 81.