Nancy Mace reignites feud with ‘loser’ Kevin McCarthy, saves some fire for the media

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy should just “get a job” according to Rep. Nancy Mace who suggested he might be “bored” since departing Congress.

The South Carolina Republican was one of eight GOP lawmakers who voted last year to take the gavel out of McCarthy’s hands after just a few months as speaker. The California congressman announced he would retire from Congress at the end of 2023 after the historic vote. He has engaged in a battle of words with Mace and others since his ouster.

“The former Speaker needs to get a job, I think that’s the problem,” Mace said in an interview on the Politico Playbook Deep Dive podcast that aired Friday.

“And you know what? He’s a loser. He couldn’t keep his job as Speaker, and he quit the Republican Party,” Mace added.

“He quit his job. He put our majority at risk,” Mace said.

She noted that she did not support McCarthy’s “horrible” debt ceiling bill last May and that she is proud to be “a caucus of one,” adding that although she does not agree “on everything” with McCarthy’s successor, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), at least she deems him a “trustworthy guy.”

“When he says he’s going to do something, I believe he’s going to do it,” she said, in contrast to McCarthy whom she believes could not be trusted.

And the no-nonsense lawmaker does not seem to regret her vote to vacate.

“Look, 75 percent of the country agreed with me on that vote and I’ve got the American people on my side and again, it’s not my fault that there are members of my own party that have tried to sabotage us on different issues,” she said.

“I try not to live with regret. Life is tough enough, and I have to live with the decision that I make and the votes that I take,” Mace added.

She recalled the “chaotic” leadership style of McCarthy.

“It was more behind closed doors, but it was equally chaotic. There was yelling, there was cursing, you know, damn near fights happening,” she said.

Mace also addressed the media attacks on her and felt a lot of it has to do with the fact that she is not a man.

“The irony is men can do it. But the minute I, a fiscally conservative woman, does it, somehow it’s not the same. … I do media interviews like a lot of my male colleagues, but they’re not getting attacked,” she said. “I don’t see Tim Scott or Lindsey Graham getting attacked the way that I do. And they’re on TV more than I am.”

McCarthy has not held back on his personal view of his former colleagues and spoke specifically about Mace during a visit to Capitol Hill this week.

“I hope Nancy gets the help she needs, I really do,” McCarthy told reporters Tuesday. “I just hope she gets the help to straighten out her life. I mean, she’s got a lot of challenges.”

“No one will stay working for her,” he continued. “You can’t have somebody who just flips and flops based upon what TV station she gets put on. You want someone who’s willing to work, and so I hope she gets that kind of help.”

Mace fired back at the “disgraced former speaker” for “talking a lot of smack” about her, writing on social media that although she does “need help,” it is not the kind McCarthy is suggesting.

“Kevin McCarthy just can’t help himself as I am living rent free in his head. He got one thing right, however; I do need help,” she wrote.

“I need your help to fight back against the corrupt DC establishment and their handpicked puppet,” she added, referring to one of her primary opponents, Catherine Templeton.

Mace spoke with Steve Bannon earlier this week as well, reiterating her view on McCarthy.

“If he was willing to quit that quickly on the party and put our majority at risk out of vengeance because eight patriots love their party more than they love Kevin McCarthy then that shows you the kind of character that he has,” Mace said.

Frieda Powers

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