BREAKING: McCarthy considering resigning from House after being ousted as Speaker

"I might have been given a bad break, but I’m still the luckiest man alive."

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
Update: Kevin McCarthy told Fox News that he is not considering considering resigning from his seat after earlier reporting said he was considering the option.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) is reportedly considering resigning from the US House of Representatives following his recent ousting as House Speaker, Politico reports.

Sources told the outlet that McCarthy intends to stay in the House until a new speaker is elected next week but is considering resigning after the election.

During a closed-door meeting with GOP lawmakers, McCarthy said his ousting as House Speaker was a signal to return home. 

"I’m going to spend time with my family," he said, according to the outlet. "I might have been given a bad break, but I’m still the luckiest man alive."

Regardless if McCarthy decides to leave office, the Californian said that he will remain involved in GOP politics.

"I'll do anything I can to help almost all of you. Don’t worry, I've raised a helluva lot of money in the last hour," he reportedly said to Republican congress members, according to the outlet.

On Tuesday, McCarthy became the first House Speaker in US history to be ousted from the position following a successful motion to vacate by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) rose to offer to table that motion and in a vote that took only 15 minutes, 11 Republicans voted alongside Democrats, and McCarthy was ousted. 208 House Republicans voted in favor of McCarthy.

In the months leading up to this, McCarthy had been criticized by members of his own party for decisions regarding the appropriation of funds to Ukraine, and the failure to release the Jan. 6 tapes surrounding the protest at the US Capitol in 2021. He recently drew ire from Gaetz and his crew for teaming up with Democrats to pass a 45-day stopgap resolution to keep the government running, despite there not being a properly passed continuing resolution.

"You don't know chaos until you've seen where this Congress and this uniparty is bringing us," the Florida Congressman said in response to suggestions from reporters that removing the Speaker would throw the House into disarray.

Prior to the vote, McCarthy admitted it was "likely" that he would be vacated, noting that if all Democrats sided against him, they would only need five Republican votes.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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