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The Blunt Message Texas GOP Delegation Reportedly Delivered to McCarthy Behind Closed-Door Meeting


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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was confronted earlier this week and asked about rumors of alleged "misdeeds" some have alleged he committed, The Hill reported Thursday night.

Sources told the political news outlet that members of the Texas GOP delegation pressed McCarthy behind closed doors Tuesday. Rumors the California congressman had an affair with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) picked up steam this week.

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“They said, ‘Do not let me support you and find out later once we elect you, you did'” commit a "misdeed," one senior Texas lawmaker who was in the meeting told The Hill. “I was satisfied with Kevin’s answer.”

[sharequote align="center"]“They said, ‘Do not let me support you and find out later once we elect you, you did'"[/sharequote]

According to The Hill, McCarthy said in the meeting that the rumors were 100-percent false.

The meeting was confirmed to The Hill by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas).

“I know that we had a meeting with Kevin McCarthy. I know that he spoke to the Texas delegation. He gave an opening statement, took questions and it was a positive interaction,” the Texas lawmaker said. “And had there been a vote, he would have gotten all but a very small number.”

McCarthy sent shockwaves through the political world by announcing Thursday he would no longer seek the speakership.

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