Congresswoman Summer Lee reacts after Speaker of the House ousted


U.S. Rep. Summer Lee, a 2005 graduate of Woodland Hills High School and former Pa. state representative of the 34th District, released a statement, obtained by the New Pittsburgh Courier, following the ouster of Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 3.

“McCarthy voted to sell out our democracy to a mob of armed White supremacists to become Speaker. He then sold his Speakership to help MAGA extremists criminalize abortion, cut Social Security and Medicare, ban Black history, gut workers’ rights and voting rights, and sell out our children’s safety to the gun lobby and corporate polluters. If we didn’t stop his shutdown last week, he would have sold out 70,000 Pennsylvanians’ jobs to keep his own job as Speaker.

“He has proven unfit and incapable of leading this body.”


Kevin McCarthy, just before he was ousted as speaker of the House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Courier has learned that eight GOP lawmakers voted to eject McCarthy from the speakership: Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo. Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn. Rep. Eli Crane, R-Ariz. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.Rep. Bob Good, R-Va. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C. Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., along with the full delegation of Democrats.

The vote was 216-210 to remove McCarthy. Republicans are now searching for a new Speaker of the House.

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