Daniel Webster for Speaker

FLASH: Kevin McCarthy Withdraws From Speaker Race - Establishment GOP On The Run

In an extraordinary turn of events establishment Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy -- Speaker John Boehner's handpicked candidate to succeed him as Speaker -- has withdrawn from the race.

House conservatives spurn McCarthy, flex muscle ahead of speaker vote

Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post

The House Freedom Caucus’s backing of Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) ahead of a crucial internal party vote Thursday deeply complicates Majority Leader Kevin O. McCarthy’s bid to succeed Boehner. The group counts enough members — about 40 — to deny McCarthy the majority of the whole House he would need to claim the speaker’s chair.

House Freedom Caucus endorses Daniel Webster for speaker

Lauren French and Anna Palmer, POLITICO

Conservatives passed on endorsing the California Republican in favor of a long-shot bid from Rep. Daniel Webster — in hopes of securing fundamental changes to how the House operates. It’s a strong signal that conservatives aren’t happy with McCarthy’s campaign to this point, and they’re going to try and move him closer to the far-right flank of the party — the same group that rebelled against GOP leadership and helped force Speaker John Boehner’s retirement.