Photo via Congressman Daniel Webster website
Republicans in Congress were openly sobbing
Thursday after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, abruptly dropped out of the race for Speaker of the House, throwing the GOP into chaos and forcing its leaders to postpone the election.
McCarthy, who was the favorite to replace resigning House Speak John Boehner, leaves the race to Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and our very own Orlando congressman Rep. Daniel Webster
. Unlike McCarthy, Webster won
the support of the House "Freedom Caucus," a group of about three dozen ultra-conservative Republicans, who were also instrumental in toppling Boehner.
Webster, who was most recently in Florida headlines for complaining
about how redistricting could threaten his incumbency, had a failed run for Speaker of the House earlier this year. Lucky for him, the Constitution does not
require the Speaker to be a member of the House, although all past Speakers have been members.