What does House speaker vote mean for California?

There’s more than pride at stake for California Republicans in the continuing drama over the next House of Representatives speaker.

“It will have a devastating impact on the California Republican Party and its infrastructure” if Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, isn’t speaker, said Mike Madrid, a California Republican political consultant.

“Kevin McCarthy is the last credible reason for donors to invest in the party in a significant way in a state where the GOP is essentially irrelevant,” Madrid said.

“His competence, his leadership, his ability to kind of put the right people in place as well as bring the funding goes away if he’s no longer the leader of the Republican conference, which is what would happen if he loses the speakership. The last last bit of lifeline that the California GOP has goes away.”

A fifth vote Wednesday, Jan. 4, failed to deliver the speaker’s gavel to McCarthy, who lost three votes in historic fashion Tuesday, Jan. 3, as a hardline group of 20 or so Republicans refused to back him in the narrowly divided House.

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Democrats, who are poised to go from the majority to the minority when the new House is seated, refused to throw McCarthy a lifeline as they unified around New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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