Nancy Mace's Political Future Challenged: Allegations of Flip-Flopping and Staff Exodus

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/10/2024
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) came under fire on Thursday from former House Speaker and California GOP member Kevin McCarthy, who said Mace would not win reelection in her purple South Carolina district.

When asked whether former President Donald Trump would choose Mace and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) as his running mates in November, McCarthy quickly ruled out the former, telling reporters, "I do not even believe Nancy Mace can win reelection."

Regarding Stefanik, he said, "I believe Elise is wonderful," during Trump's victory celebration in Las Vegas after the Nevada caucuses.

Mace was one of eight Republicans who sided with Democrats in favor of a resolution to remove Speaker McCarthy from office after barely nine months in office. McCarthy said, "I do not believe she represents her constituency."

He also brought up the recent widespread departure of almost all of Mace's congressional staff members. "Observe how she has failed for the low country," he went on. "She wears flip-flops every day. She is devoid of morality.

McCarthy said, "If you listen to her district, they have a genuine worry with her even getting reelected."

Mace has told many, "I work hard every day to do so because it is the privilege of a lifetime for me to serve the Lowcountry. What a failed former speaker and his establishment buddies in D.C. believe is not really important to people back home." She said, "I know two things about the next Congress: he will not be there at all, and I will be there representing my people like I always have."

When questioned about rumors that he was helping to organize opponents to oppose those who favored his removal, McCarthy refuted the information. Even though the former speaker chose to leave office early and not run for reelection, his campaign concluded in 2023 with $9.5 million in cash on hand. McCarthy has the ability to use large transfers to sway the odds in a number of primary contests, should he so choose.

According to reports, Brian O. Walsh, a Republican strategist and supporter of McCarthy's, has spearheaded an effort to identify primary rivals for the eight members of the Republican conference who were crucial in ensuring McCarthy's ouster. Politico claims that Walsh and his team are getting ready to use the vast network of donations that the California Republican Party has amassed to help weak primary opponents.

Mace blamed McCarthy for the challenge when Republican Catherine Templeton announced her intention to oppose him in the next primary, branding McCarthy as “a nasty cruel lady on a vengeance tour.”


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