After McCarthy Exit, Speaker Shouldn’t Appease Right Flank: Dent

Rep. Charlie Dent says he doesn’t know why House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced he was dropping out of House speaker race.

  • Rep. Pete Sessions says he doesn’t know when speaker elections will take place
    • “I don’t know what is behind it but I do know that our conference finding its equilibrium has been hard for us”: Sessions
  • “The look of shock across the room was amazing,” Rep. Frank Lucas says
  • Rep. Mark Sanford, member of House Freedom Caucus, says he was “as shocked and surprised as anybody”
    • “There were a lot of emotions in there,” Sanford says
  • Rep. John Carter says McCarthy told colleagues that he was withdrawing “for the good of the Congress”
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