Valley politicians weigh in on Ryan's endorsement of McCarthy as House speaker


Vice President Mike Pence and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, are teaming up - again - for another fundraising swing in California at the end of the month, according to a source familiar with the events.

While Ryan may prefer McCarthy take over as speaker, several wild cards could derail the coronation.

After Ryan voiced his support for McCarthy to be the next Speaker, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if the president agreed.

"We all believe Kevin is the right person, we all think Kevin is the right person", Ryan said. "I think that's encouraging because what it shows you is that we have an intact leadership team that supports each other".

McCarthy's reaction came via Twitter Friday evening after President Trump ordered the airstrikes against the Syrian regime in response to a chemical weapons attack last week.

Many Republicans see maintaining control of the House as their biggest concern, a goal that could be more hard amid an intraparty fight. Republicans were left reeling over who will replace him and whether Ryan's lame-duck status will jeopardize the GOP's pitch to voters and donors.

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But Scalise hasn't ruled out seeking the job if McCarthy fails to nail down the 218 votes that will be needed to elect a speaker when the new Congress convenes in January.

The move also ignites the race to potentially succeed Ryan should Republicans hold the House in November.

Strategists from both parties say that even if McCarthy gets a boost in funds that he can spread out to other California Republicans, it won't make up for lost financial support from Ryan, and the fact that the speaker's retirement might spook GOP donors.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), are the clear frontrunners in this contact.

Ryan predicted that McCarthy could get enough votes from his caucus because the Republican Party has proven it can work together to pass tax reform. Jordan co-founded the House Freedom Caucus and his entry into the race would further scramble the coalitions that McCarthy and Scalise have been building.