Fulcher on the Speaker Race

January 5, 2023

By Chuck Malloy | Ridenbaugh Times

Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, where some members of that group are standing in the way of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s quest for the House speaker’s position. Fulcher is not part of that effort; he strongly supports McCarthy and thinks his fellow Republicans should get on with the business at hand.


One positive for McCarthy is that he wants to be the House speaker. “I don’t want it and I don’t know anyone else who does,” Fulcher said. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a friend of Fulcher’s, has been mentioned as a possibility, but he also has made it clear that he doesn’t want to be speaker and has joined Fulcher in supporting McCarthy.

Kevin McCarthy has more support than any single member (on the Republican side),” Fulcher says. “In terms of me, personally, I have not asked him for anything and I don’t plan to ask him for anything, but we have a good working relationship. I have never seen evidence, with me personally or anyone else I’ve worked closely with, where he has been unfair.”

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