McCarthy confident in McDaniel and bristles at Gaetz suggestion of leading RNC

LAS VEGAS — Former House Speaker and California GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy said Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is equipped to continue leading the party.

“Very much so,” McCarthy replied when asked by the Washington Examiner on Thursday whether he had confidence in McDaniel’s ability in her role.

He also told reporters at former President Donald Trump’s caucus night victory party in Las Vegas that he isn’t interested in the chairman role at the RNC should she choose to step down.

Speculation over McCarthy assuming the post was first stoked by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who was one of the eight Republicans responsible for McCarthy’s ouster as speaker. Gaetz said on social media he fully endorsed McCarthy for the position, noting, “The RNC Chair doesn’t make any policy decisions, set any agenda, or negotiate against
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