|U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) left with U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers|
"With all the voter distrust of Washington felt around the country, I’m asking that any candidate for Speaker of the House, majority leader, and majority whip withdraw himself from the leadership election if there are any misdeeds he has committed since joining Congress that will embarrass himself, the Republican Conference, and the House of Representatives if they become public," Jones wrote.
"Some of the most difficult times have been when our Republican leaders or potential Republican leaders must step down because of skeletons in their closets," Jones wrote.
"As members of the House of Representatives, we need to be able to represent the will of the people unhindered by potentially embarrassing scandals."Was Rep. Jones' letter directed at McCarthy? Perhaps. A controversial blogger, Charles C Johnson, alleged at his website, GotNews.com, that McCarthy was having an affair with Rep. Renee Ellmers, who also hails from Jones' home state of North Carolina. Johnson posted a story on his blog earlier today about a "cease and desist" letter he received from Ellmers' attorney. Johnson didn't back down from his allegations about the alleged affair between McCarthy and Elmers.
Both McCarthy and Ellmers are married. In Jones' letter to his fellow caucus members, he cited the names of former Speaker Newt Gingrich and House Majority Leader Bob Livingstone, both of whom resigned successively over allegations of marital infidelity during the Bill Clinton impeachment proceedings following the Monica Lewinsky scandal. As a result of McCarthy's announcement today, House Republicans are delaying the vote planned for today to replace retiring Speaker John Boehner.
It's getting close to Halloween and now it's starting to look like another nightmare on Elm Street. Newt Gingrich tells Sean Hannity he's willing to become Speaker of the House again if asked to serve. Technically, the Speaker of the House doesn't have to be a sitting member of Congress. Ugh! Hopefully, the GOP caucus isn't that stupid.