• Election for Speaker Delayed
  • October 22, 2015
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • In a shocking move, current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) withdrew from the race for Speaker of the House earlier today. The unexpected move came just hours after he assured supporters that he had the votes necessary to secure the Speakership. Current Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that the vote to replace him would be delayed.

    Early reports are that McCarthy plans to remain in his current post as Majority Leader.

    Two other candidates for Speaker remain: House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), who was endorsed by the House Freedom Caucus. It is widely expected that an additional candidate, or candidates, will now enter the race to succeed Boehner.

    House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who is seen by many as a potential consensus candidate, once again said he would not run for Speaker - even in the wake of McCarthy's decision to withdraw.

    Other names being mentioned include former National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.).

    Instant analysis

    Former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio):

    “Having been in the room for a number of these leadership elections, most Members hope for a lively debate behind closed doors as to who will lead the party and that once a choice is made, the conference will close ranks and fully support that choice. Given the fractured nature of the conference it is clear they couldn’t get there today.”