Seeking to replace his soon-to-be former boss Rep. John Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has pledged to run for Speaker of the House, disappointing conservatives hoping to mount a non-establishment type in Boehner's place.
In an email to House Republicans Monday, McCarthy promised that if elected as Speaker, he would "heal" the many divisions fracturing the Republican Party.
"We can't ignore the differences that exist, but we can and must heal the divisions in our conference with work, time, and trust. That is why I have decided to run for Speaker of the House and graciously ask for your support," he said in the email.
Though McCarthy has reportedly stronger relationships with grassroots conservatives than John Boehner, his candidacy for Speaker will likely upset hard-line conservatives who view him as just another establishment type. Conservative talk-show host Mark Levin has already pleaded that conservatives not back McCarthy as Speaker and will be most likely joined by others as the days push on.
McCarthy recognizes the differences between establishment Republicans and grassroots conservatives, pledging in the email that he will satisfy both.
"I want us to be much closer to the people we represent, and I want them to once again feel like this is their government, they are in charge, and we are here to serve them," he wrote. "If elected Speaker, I promise you that we will have the courage to lead the fight for our conservative principles and make our case to the American people. But we will also have the wisdom to listen to our constituents and each other so that we always move forward together."
Res. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Rep.Tom Price of Georgia have also announced their desire to run as Speaker.