Kevin McCarthy Lines Up Committee Chairs for His House Majority Leader Bid

The race for Eric Cantor’s leadership position is already heating up.

Kevin McCarthy speaks at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) election watch party at the Washington Hyatt on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.
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Sarah Mimms
June 11, 2014, 11:45 a.m.

House Ma­jor­ity Whip Kev­in Mc­Carthy huddled with about 35 law­makers Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon to seek their sup­port in his bid to be the cham­ber’s next ma­jor­ity lead­er, ac­cord­ing to a mem­ber in the room.

The meet­ing in­cluded the heads of sev­er­al com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing Ap­pro­pri­ations Chair­man Har­old Ro­gers, Ways and Means Chair­man Dave Camp, and En­ergy and Com­merce Chair­man Fred Up­ton. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who was re­cently tapped to lead the se­lect com­mit­tee to in­vest­ig­ate Benghazi, was also present.

Up­ton said that he sup­ports Mc­Carthy per­son­ally but didn’t want to speak for his col­leagues. However, he ad­ded, “There was no arm-twist­ing.”

Out­go­ing House Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Eric Can­tor him­self agrees. “I think he’d make an out­stand­ing ma­jor­ity lead­er,” Can­tor said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence an­noun­cing his resig­na­tion from the lead­er­ship post late Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. “And I will be back­ing him with my full sup­port.”

House Armed Ser­vices Chair­man Buck McK­eon was not in the meet­ing with Mc­Carthy but said the two spoke by phone earli­er Tues­day. McK­eon said that Mc­Carthy “didn’t even need to [con­vince him]” to re­ceive his sup­port.

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