McCarthy’s Revenge Plan Sunk

( – Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) played a leading role in ousting former Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from his role as speaker of the House last year. The successful effort made him the first speaker ever vacated. Now, the congresswoman has outmaneuvered him again.

On June 11, Mace won the primary for her South Carolina district in Lowcountry. Charleston Republicans helped propel the congresswoman to victory. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Mace for a third term in Congress. However, McCarthy and his allies tried to punish her for being one of the eight Conservatives who voted to oust him last year.

McCarthy has reportedly been throwing his political weight behind the challengers of those who voted against him. The former speaker’s allies spent approximately $5 million on one of the candidates running against Mace, Catherine Templeton, a former gubernatorial candidate who served as former GOP Governor Nikki Haley’s labor director.

Mace not only performed well in Charleston County but she also did well in Berkeley and Dorchester Counties, which she lost the last time. Trump’s endorsement was seen as crucial. He told Conservatives to go out and vote the night before the primary, too. The former president didn’t support the congresswoman in 2022 because she blamed him for the January 6 riot.

Trump congratulated Mace for her victory on social media. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) told POLITICO that he believes Mace has the ability to intimidate a lot of men around her because she’s aggressive and smart, something he believes “some dudes just can’t handle.” He also said he believed the only reason she was being challenged in the primary was because she voted against McCarthy. “Absolutely that’s the only reason,” he said.

Rep. John Duarte (R-CA) supported Mace’s candidacy in the primary. He said that Republicans went to Congress to “have a majority and to stop socialism in America” but the “barrel of monkeys nonsense” disrupted the GOP conference and its “effectiveness.”

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