Kevin McCarthy already lost his position as Speaker of the House.
Now McCarthy looks like he could lose everything else.
And Kevin McCarthy’s life went from bad to worse over this career ending challenge.
Pro-Trump activist David Giglio filed his paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to challenge McCarthy in a 2024 Congressional Primary.
Giglio slammed McCarthy as part of the corrupt Washington Swamp that fought against Donald Trump’s America First agenda to preserve the status quo.
“I am excited to announce my campaign to defeat Kevin McCarthy in California’s 20th Congressional District. After years of being sold out to special interests, the people of the Central Valley deserve an America First Republican fighting for them in Washington and working alongside President Donald Trump to WAGE WAR against the corrupt uniparty!” Giglio’s website read.
Giglio cited McCarthy’s removal as Speaker of the House as the impetus for the Primary challenge.
“Kevin McCarthy was removed as Speaker by 8 courageous members of his party for failing to keep to his promises and capitulating to Joe Biden and the radical Democrats. Kevin McCarthy must be defeated,” Giglio added.
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz led the conservative rebellion against McCarthy after McCarthy failed to adhere to terms of the agreement he made with conservatives about the parameters of any spending negotiations with Joe Biden.
McCarthy caved to Joe Biden on raising the debt ceiling and then folded to Biden a second time by depending on Democrat votes to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government at levels set by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer when Democrats controlled Congress in 2022.
McCarthy also drew President Trump’s ire by refusing to endorse Trump’s re-election bid.
Ever since McCarthy lost the Speaker’s gavel, there has been much debate about his future.
McCarthy’s been in GOP leadership for nearly a decade, and few think he would actually want to serve in Congress as a backbencher.
Many thought McCarthy didn’t immediately resign from Congress upon his ouster as Speaker because McCarthy harbored a longshot hope that he could eventually win the position back if the GOP conference couldn’t arrive at a consensus on who it wanted to lead them.
But McCarthy hasn’t yet committed to running for re-election, only that he would serve out his current term.
The prospect of holding no real power in Congress combined with the idea of having to fend off an underdog Primary challenge could be enough for McCarthy to call it quits and announce this is his last term in Congress.
24/7 Politics will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.