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The House Freedom Caucus Has Made An Endorsement for Speaker

The House Freedom Caucus, a coalition of fiscally conservative legislators in the House of Representatives, has issued a leadership endorsement against establishment choice Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

Politico reports:

The group of hardline conservatives passed on endorsing the California Republican in favor of a long-shot bid from Rep. Daniel Webster — in hopes of securing fundamental changes to how the House operates.

…[I]t’s a strong signal that conservatives aren’t happy with McCarthy’s campaign to this point, and they’re going to try and move him closer to the far-right flank of the party — the same group that rebelled against GOP leadership and helped force Speaker John Boehner’s retirement.

…The Freedom Caucus has four big asks for Republican leaders. They want proportional representation on the influential Steering Committee, they want the National Republican Congressional Committee to spend more money in conservative districts and see increased membership for HFC lawmakers on top-tier committees.


Regardless of whether or not Rep. McCarthy wins the speaker position, conservatives are sending a message loud and early that they demand a seat at the table to set the GOP legislative agenda.

McCarthy is not expressing concern about the endorsement, telling the Washington Post:

“I look forward to being able to get their votes,” he said. “My door is always open. Every voice needs to be heard. I’m very confident we’ll all get back together.”

While McCarthy decides whether or not he wants to make nice with House conservatives, he should acknowledge the lessons learned from Boehner’s failed legacy: you may not like the growing coalition of true fiscal conservatives and libertarians in the House, but it’s almost impossible to work without them.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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