Not Like Her- McCarthy Goes Off On Pelosi

Former House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Sunday revealed why he is leaving Congress at the end of the year.

McCarthy made the revelation in an interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. During the interview, Kilmeade asked the former speaker why he is letting former Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) outlast him in Congress.

The California lawmaker responded, saying that he does not want to stick around and leave Pelosi’s kind of legacy behind.

“That’s probably not the legacy that I want, that I just stayed around,” McCarthy told the Fox News host. “I wanted to make sure I did something here.”

Pelosi has served as Speaker of the House twice, with her second stint ending this year when Republicans won back the majority. Upon losing the House to Republicans, Pelosi —who has represented San Francisco since 1987 and is currently the sixth oldest member of the House— relinquished her leadership role to House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).

Pelosi, 83, shocked the world when she announced in September that she would be seeking another term in the House.

“Now more than ever our City needs us to advance San Francisco values and further our recovery,” Pelosi wrote on X. “Our country needs America to show the world that our flag is still there, with liberty and justice for ALL. That is why I am running for re-election — and respectfully ask for your vote.”

McCarthy, during the Sunday interview, told Kilmeade that he does not buy Pelosi’s reason for seeking re-election.

“I mean, one of the reasons Speaker Pelosi wants to stay around, she said they need her to fix the problems in San Francisco, but she’s been there the whole time the problems were created,” McCarthy said. “So I believe it’s the Founders have always designed this to have new blood come in.”