Almost a dozen members of Pennsylvania’s Republican congressional delegation, including Rep. Lou Barletta and Rep. Tom Marino, today endorsed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California as the new House speaker.
“There is no more important time for our nation’s future than the present, and it is vital that House Republicans come together to make Washington work again,” the 11 congressmen said in a joint statement. “The Pennsylvania delegation believes that Kevin McCarthy is the right person to lead our conference and the House, and we endorse his candidacy for Speaker of the House.”
Joining Mr. Marino, R-10, Lycoming Twp., and Mr. Barletta, R-10, Hazleton, in endorsing Mr. McCarthy are Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3, Butler, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-5, Centre, Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, Chester, Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, Delaware, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-8, Bucks, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9, Blair, Rep. Charlie Dent, R-15, Lehigh, Rep. Joseph Pitts, R-16, Chester, and Rep. Tim Murphy, R-18, Allegheny.
Only Rep. Scott Perry, R-4, York, and Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-12, Allegheny, weren’t on the list released by the delegation today.
Mr. Perry and Mr. Rothfus are among the more conservative congressmen elected in recent years.
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner, who announced Friday he will leave his congressional seat at the end of October, scheduled the vote on the new speaker for a week from tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 8.
— BORYS KRAWCZENIUK