Hardcore Conservative Jim Jones has announced he was the GOP House leadership spot….
He won’t get it….
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — with his party moving into the minority after the Democratic victory on Election Day — says he has already locked up the votes to become the top Republican in the next Congress.
McCarthy also predicted House Democrats would impeach President Donald Trump, and said that move would backfire and guarantee Trump’s reelection.
In his first interview since Tuesday’s drubbing — Democrats racked up their biggest House win since the Watergate scandal — McCarthy on Friday said the GOP will have to learn from its mistakes this past cycle. But he insisted that Republicans can get back in the majority in 2020, despite an unpopular, unpredictable president sitting in the Oval Office. And McCarthy asserted he is the right person to lead them there.
“I had the votes the first day,” McCarthy said of the race to become minority leader. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a hard-line conservative who helped found the House Freedom Caucus, is running against McCarthy. House Republicans will choose their new leaders on Nov. 14.
The 53-year-old McCarthy — first elected to the House in 2006 — also declared he’s not disappointed that he won’t have a chance to become speaker.
“I never ran for Congress to be speaker, I ran to change the country,” McCarthy insisted. “So whatever position I am in, that’s my No. 1 focus.”….