House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., is seeking support to replace former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who was removed in a narrow vote earlier Tuesday, Fox News Digital has learned.
Sources familiar with the situation told Fox that Scalise has been making calls behind the scenes to shore up support ahead a possible vote Wednesday to select the next speaker.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who introduced the motion to vacate against McCarthy that ultimately led to his removal, told reporters Tuesday afternoon that Scalise would be “a phenomenal speaker.”
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McCarthy was temporarily replaced by Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., the new speaker pro tempore of the House, who will preside over the chamber until a new speaker is elected.
Fox News Digital confirmed later Tuesday evening that McCarthy would not run again for speaker.
Rep. Greg Murphy, R-N.C., told Fox the plan was to have a candidate forum on Tuesday and a vote on who would succeed McCarthy on Wednesday.
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Eight Republicans, including Gaetz, joined all Democrats in voting against McCarthy’s continued speakership.
After House Majority Whip Tom Emmer suggested that Scalise would make a good House speaker, Scalise told reporters following a Republican leadership meeting that he didn’t have anything to announce.
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Scalise, who was diagnosed with blood cancer earlier this year, was also asked whether he would be physically up to the job of speaker. “I feel great,” Scalise responded.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.