Media Tip Sheet: House Speaker Election Drama

December 12, 2022

Kevin McCarthy’s quest to become Speaker of the House is not going according to plan. The House Republican leader’s path to the Speaker’s gavel is riddled with obstacles, namely the stubborn resistance of far-right members looking to flex their political muscles against someone they see as an establishment squish. The smart money remains on McCarthy and the prospects of drafting a unity candidate or even a non-member of Congress are dim. At the moment, however, it is clear that McCarthy simply does not have the votes.

Casey Burgat is the director of the Legislative Affairs master’s program at the GW Graduate School of Political Management. He is an expert on the inner workings of Congress who can provide insight into the GOP power struggle playing out in the House.

If you would like to schedule an interview with Dr. Burgat, please contact GW Media Relations at [email protected].