On this episode of What’s At Stake, Penta Partner Andrea Christianson is joined by fellow partners—and House leadership experts—Stacy Kerr and Kevin Madden to talk about the race for the next U.S. House of Representatives speaker. Stacy was a longtime advisor to Speaker Nancy Pelosi while Kevin served in communications roles in House leadership, including for Tom DeLay and John Boehner when they both were in Majority Leader positions.
In addition to hitting on some inside-baseball House dynamics, the trio discuss the broader implications of the ousting now former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, including its potential impact on the 2024 presidential election and America’s role abroad.
Things are moving fast, so at the time of this recording, the Republican conference has yet to meet to vote on a new Speaker. The two frontrunners are Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Steve Scalise, with McCarthy yet to announce his withdrawal from consideration.