Sarah Palin May Not Support Kevin McCarthy for Speaker

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has indicated she may not support the election of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as speaker if she becomes part of a GOP House majority.

Speaking to Newsmax TV's Eric Bolling, Palin said she had been campaigning for years against backroom deals and "corruption" within the Republican Party and that she could not support someone she didn't trust.

A former governor of Alaska, Palin announced earlier this month that she was seeking election to Alaska's at-large congressional district. If successful, she would be the state's lone member of the House of Representatives.

Bolling asked Palin about supporting McCarthy for speaker 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 in support of a McCarthy bid to become speaker next year. If the GOP wins a majority in the House in the November midterms, McCarthy is widely expected to lift the speaker's gavel.

"Well, if I personally find out that there's the backroom dealings and shenanigans, all those things that I've been preaching against and up 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 for speaker," Palin said.

"I don't know enough about what all the ... all the arguments are against him," the former governor went on. "I will, of course, dig into it. But but you know, I'll go on record as not supporting anybody in any leadership position whom I cannot trust."

Newsweek has asked McCarthy's office for comment.

There have been questions recently about McCarthy's future following the release of audio showing that he said on January 10, 2021—days after the Capitol riot—that he was considering advising then President Donald Trump to resign.

However, McCarthy had a positive phone call with Trump following the audio's release and members of the House Republican caucus reportedly gave him a standing ovation for his defense of last year's comments.

Trump has endorsed Palin in her run for the House but her political ambitions have created some tensions, with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska telling CNN on April 7 she hadn't seen Palin in the state in "years."

McCarthy has said he's a "big fan" of the former governor, who was the late Senator John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election. They lost to former President Barack Obama, whose then running mate is now President Joe Biden.

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Palin has suggested she may not support House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in his bid for Speaker of the House. Alex Wong/Getty Images