Kevin McCarthy chosen as new House Majority Leader

Kevin McCarthy chosen as new House Majority Leader

[Ed. – Whatever, dudes.]

House Republicans reshaped their leadership team Thursday, promoting Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to majority leader following the surprise primary defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

The party picked conservative Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) to replace McCarthy as majority whip and complete the shakeup resulting from Cantor’s defeat.

McCarthy, 49, defeated conservative Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) to become the second-ranking House Republican behind Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Less than an hour later, Scalise defeated two other candidates, Reps. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), on the first ballot to become chief vote counter despite rampant speculation it might take two ballots to decide the contest.

Republican aides announced the winners of the elections but not the vote tallies, which are kept secret.

The victory will make McCarthy, an easy-going former deli owner, a potential heir apparent to Boehner, marking a rapid rise for a Republican first elected to the House in 2006.

At a press conference after the votes, McCarthy said he would make one promise: “I will work every single day to make sure this conference has the courage to lead and the wisdom to listen. And we’ll turn this country around.”

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