Hudson, McHenry sign on to list backing McCarthy

FILE - Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., speaks during a House Financial Services Committee hearing, Sept. 30, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. Government Accountability Office is warning that U.S. Treasury Department needs to do more to balance efforts to get rental assistance funds out fast with measures to prevent fraud. McHenry, the top Republican on the House Financial Service Committee, says the GAO report showed Treasury had "failed to conduct basic oversight of billions of dollars of ERA (Emergency Rental Assistance) funds.” (Al Drago/Pool via AP, File)

RALEIGH — Two high-ranking Republicans from North Carolina are part of a 54-member list of public supporters of California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy in his bid to secure the votes needed to come the new U.S. House Speaker. 

“Kevin McCarthy will be the next Speaker of the House. He won the nomination with the support of an overwhelming majority of House Republicans. We need to move on to policy and oversight. Everyday we mess around with this, it’s one less day we are fighting the Biden Administration and getting on with our work on behalf of the American people,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry, who earlier was named the new Financial Services Committee chairman. 

Axios reported the story Monday as a bid by McCarthy to go on offense against five Republican holdouts. 

Rep. Richard Hudson, who was chosen by the House Republican Conference to lead the NRCC in 2024, backs McCarthy as well. 

“Kevin McCarthy is the only member that will be getting my vote for Speaker. On the first ballot and the last ballot, my vote is for Kevin. It’s time for the conference to get to work on behalf of the American people, and we’re going to do so under the leadership of Speaker Kevin O. McCarthy,” said Hudson in the letter.