And some skeptics of the California Republican aren’t going quietly.
Outside spending in New Hampshire’s Republican House primaries on behalf of Matt Mowers, a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Donald Trump, and Keene Mayor George Hansel, has enraged the other GOP contenders. As Mowers and Hansel get heavy support from outside PACs who feel they will be more formidable in the general election, conservative rivals are furious over what they allege is a leadership-backed campaign to help craft a GOP takeover and land McCarthy in the top role next year.
“This is coming from McCarthy,” charged Bob Burns, who is challenging Hansel in the Republican primary to take on Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster. (Donors to the group spending against Burns won’t be disclosed for another week at least, and there are no public links to the minority leader.)