Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R, CA) tossed a stink bomb into the House Republican caucus today when he dropped out of the race for Speaker. While there was all sort of speculation about why he dropped out when he was the favorite, the reason is simple: McCarthy has been screwing another Republican -- NC Rep. (R) Renee Ellmers -- since shortly after the two arrived in Congress and he didn't want the affair to be revealed.
McCarthy is married with two children.
Elmers is married with one child.
Typical Republicans -- preach "family values" for everyone else.
UPDATE, 9 October
Well, well -- whadda ya' know -- looks as though it was common knowledge on Capitol Hill that McCarthy was banging the lady from NC.
Minutes after the Kevin McCarthy left a hurried press conference
announcing his unexpected departure from the race to replace John
Boehner as Speaker of the House on Thursday, Fox News’ Gretchen
Carlson asked his Republican colleagues about an ominous note sent to
the GOP House caucus, urging candidates to drop out if “there are any
misdeeds he has committed since joining Congress that will embarrass
North Carolina Republican and 20-year veteran of the House Walter Jones wrote a letter
on Tuesday calling on any candidate for leadership to “withdraw” if
such unspecified “misdeeds” could cause further distrust of Republicans
among the American electorate.
“With all the voter distrust of
Washington felt around the country, I am asking that any candidate for
Speaker of the House, majority leader, and majority whip withdraw
himself from the leadership election if there are any misdeeds he has
committed since joining Congress that will embarrass himself, the
Republican Conference and the House of Representatives if they become
public,” Jones wrote in a letter to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chair
of the Republican conference.
Jones was of course referring to the
tumult that engulfed House Republicans nearly 20 years ago when
then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich was forced to resign after revealing an
affair with a Congressional aide only to be followed up with the sudden
resignation of the unanimously elected Bob Livingston just as his own
extramarital affair had been revealed by Larry Flynt of Hustler magazine
Considering that House Republicans were simultaneously
attempting to impeach President Bill Clinton, the entire Republican
conference came under immense public scrutiny before finally settling on
Dennis Hastert as speaker. Hastert has since been indicted on illegal payments to cover up sexual misconduct.
in Jones’ handwriting at the bottom of the letter read, “I believe this
question is important to the integrity of the House.”
That same day, the Texas delegation of House Republicans met with McCarthy about the letter.
said, ‘Do not let me support you and find out later once we elect you,
you did” commit a misdeed, said one senior Texas lawmaker who was in the
meeting. “I was satisfied with Kevin’s answer,” one source told The Hill.
Then on Thursday morning, a Chicago-based GOP donor and known
gadfly, Steve Baer, sent an email to at least eight GOP lawmakers,
including the personal account of Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina,
another female Western lawmaker, the wife of one GOP Rep. and Kevin
McCarthy, threatening to expose an alleged affair.
“Kevin, why not resign like Bob Livingston?” the email’s subject line read. From the Huffington Post:
In the email, Baer linked to a Washington Examiner story
published earlier Thursday with the headline: “Specter of sex scandal
injected into GOP leadership race.” The article referenced Jones’ letter
in the context of Speaker-elect Bob Livingston abruptly resigning in
1998 following a sex scandal.
Baer urged McCarthy to spare his
family and congressional colleagues the ordeal of the allegations being
raised, and suggested that concealing an affair would be a national
security risk because of the possibility of extortion.
organizations have touched the affair allegations, beyond the Drudge
Report and conservative media. Charles Johnson, the conservative
provocateur behind GotNews.com,reported them back in January. (Johnson, who is currently banned from Twitter, took a victory lap Thursday on Facebook.)
rumors gained more traction in the last week in conservative circles,
perhaps partly due to Baer’s multiple emails over that time, sent to a
string of high-powered Republicans.
RedState editor-in-chief and radio host Erick Erickson wrote Thursday
that someone sent links to blog posts about the alleged affair a few
days ago to 91 people, including members of Congress and “highly
influential conservatives outside Congress.” Erickson added that
“there’s no evidence of the rumor being true.”
McCarthy broke the news of his withdrawal to his Republican colleagues
hours later, citing his inability to reach the 218 votes necessary to
secure the speakership.