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KWWL's Political Analyst weighs in on McCarthy

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In shocking news from Washington Thursday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy took himself out of the running for Speaker of the House.

"I'll stay on as majority leader, but one thing I found in talking to everybody, if we are going to unite and be strong, we need a new face to help do that," said McCarthy in a conference.

But what really constitutes as a fresh face in Washington?

KWWL's Political Analyst says it's probably not what they need anyway.

"I don't know how a fresh face unites those 30 or 40 members of the [Freedom] caucus with the more moderate members of the party," said Chris Larimer.

He says the Freedom Caucus, AKA the most conservative group in the House, has proved themselves force to be reckoned with, and no matter who wants to put themselves on the hot seat next, they're going to have a hard time.

"They know they can make it a struggle for the next speaker to be elected," said Larimer.

And as for Eastern Iowa's first district representative Rod Blum, he was pretty vocal when current speaker John Boehner was elected, despite Boehner campaigning on Blum's behalf, saying his vote wasn't worth it, because Boehner was going to be elected anyway.

But Blum did end up voting against Boehner.

On Thursday, his tone was softer, telling KWWL "he's thankful Kevin McCarthy put the good of the conference ahead of himself, and he looks forward to changing business as usual in D.C."

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