THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Republicans Blocking Kevin McCarthy Unlikely to Face Blowback at Home

January 5, 2023

A faction of House Republicans who have spent days blocking Rep. Kevin McCarthy from gaining the speaker’s gavel is facing intense arm-twisting in Washington from their own party, but its members are unlikely to encounter much pressure back home.

Mr. McCarthy’s opponents—about 20 House members—exposed divisions in the GOP between mainstream leaders seeking to gain the reins of power in Washington and those in the party who want power to be less concentrated. The holdouts have made various demands related to committee assignments, chamber rules and desired issue votes. 

ROKK co-founding partner Ron Bonjean spoke with the Wall Street Journal on why the Republican holdouts are unlikely to face political blowback for their actions back home, here.