Inside Kevin McCarthy’s vengeance operation

February 01, 2024

McCarthy’s closest allies say his eight defectors should fear his influence from afar. “One of the most dangerous things that you could do is have an untethered McCarthy,” said Rep. Garret Graves (R-La. The betrayal from Mace, one of the most unexpected votes to oust him, may rankle McCarthy’s inner circle the most. McCarthy’s allies have signaled interest in devoting significant firepower to her. Crane’s membership in the “Gaetz Eight” is particularly galling to McCarthy allies.