Ousted Speaker McCarthy Takes A Shot At Nemesis Gaetz On Final Day In Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) talks to Rep.-elect Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in the House Chamber after Gaetz voted present during the fourth day of voting for Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2023 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives is meeting to vote for the next Speaker after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed to earn more than 218 votes on several ballots; the first time in 100 years that the Speaker was not elected on the first ballot. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
  • During an interview with a small group of reporters, ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy aired his grievances, reflected on his time as speaker, and delved into some of his plans post-public office.
  • McCarthy lost his top House position after only nine months, when eight Republicans, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), joined with all the Democrats to oust McCarthy as speaker on Oct. 3.
  • “In the end, history will write what’s true,” McCarthy said. “We all know it’s the ethics complaint on Gaetz. He’s doing everything to make sure it doesn’t come out, and that means he doesn’t care about anything else.”
  • Gaetz is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, and the former speaker argues that this is why Gaetz kick-started the campaign to get rid of him.