Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has indicated she may not support House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s election as president if she is part of a House majority of the GOP.
Speaking to Newsmax TV’s Eric Bolling, Palin said she’s campaigned for years against backroom deals and “corruption” in the Republican Party and can’t support someone she doesn’t. didn’t trust.
A former governor of Alaska, Palin announced earlier this month that she was seeking election in Alaska’s congressional district. If successful, she would be the state’s only member of the House of Representatives.
Bolling asked Palin to back McCarthy for president and said, “It’s a mixed opinion right now, a lot of people don’t want him as Speaker of the House.”
He asked Palin if she would vote for a McCarthy candidacy to become president next year. If the GOP wins a majority in the House by November’s midterm, McCarthy is expected to lift the president’s gavel.
“Well, if I personally find out that there’s backroom deals and shenanigans, all these things that I’ve been preaching against and fighting against for 30 years here in Alaskan politics, fighting my own party because of the corruption within the party, well, then I can’t support him as a speaker,” Palin said.
“I don’t know enough about all the…all the arguments against him,” the former governor continued. “I will, of course, dig into this. But you know, I’m going to state publicly that I don’t support anyone in a leadership position that I can’t trust.”
Newsweek asked McCarthy’s office for comment.
There have recently been questions about McCarthy’s future following the release of a video showing him saying on January 10, 2021, days after the Capitol riot, that he was considering advising the President Donald Trump to resign.
However, McCarthy had a positive phone call with Trump after the audio was released and members of the House Republican caucus reportedly gave him a standing ovation in his defense of last year’s comments.
Trump backed Palin in her House race, but her political ambitions have created tension, with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska telling CNN on April 7 that she hadn’t seen Palin in the state since ” years”.
McCarthy said he was a “huge fan” of the former governor, who was the late Sen. John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election. They lost to the former president Barack Obama, whose then running mate is now President Joe Biden.