Kevin McCarthy

Why California's Kevin McCarthy is having a hard time locking down the speaker's job — again

Why California's Kevin McCarthy is having a hard time locking down the speaker's job — again

More than a month after House Speaker Paul D. Ryan anointed his second lieutenant as his heir apparent, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is still struggling to lock down the support he needs to secure the job.

The same House conservatives who blocked the Bakersfield Republican from ascending to the coveted post in 2015 do not appear any more convinced that he’s their guy.

Since Ryan’s announcement, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, has indicated he’ll run against McCarthy for speaker, and he’s getting support from some conservative colleagues.

Even a quiet effort in recent weeks — aided by a White House ally — to push Ryan out early...

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