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GOP Rep. Hunt Returns From Home to Vote for McCarthy

The Wall Street Journal · 01/06/2023 22:47

GOP Rep. Wesley Hunt of Texas got a standing ovation and hug from Rep. Kevin McCarthy after returning from visiting his newborn son to vote for the California Republican for speaker.

Mr. Hunt's wife had his son prematurely this week and Friday morning he said he was returning home to be with them. However, as it became clear Mr. McCarthy was within just a few votes of being speaker, Mr. Hunt returned to D.C.

Mr. Hunt is a freshman member who had been supportive of Mr. McCarthy all along, but if he remained out it could make it more difficult for Mr. McCarthy to win.

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