McCarthy declares that at the end of the year, he will leave Congress

Representative Kevin McCarthy announced his intention to leave the House one year early,

just two months after he was removed as speaker.

On Wednesday, California Republican Kevin McCarthy, the first speaker to be removed from office, 

 revealed that he would be leaving the House at the end of the year, but he still intended to be active in Republican politics.

After 16 years in Congress, during which he rose from being one of the self-described "Young Guns," Republicans striving to increase their party's majority in the House

to the second-in-line for the presidency, Mr. McCarthy announced his resignation in an opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal.

It completes his stunning collapse after serving as speaker for just under nine months, during which time the right-wing forces he 

 and other establishment Republicans used to fuel their electoral triumphs finally rose up and drove him out.

Mr. McCarthy declared in The Journal that he will "continue to recruit our country's best and brightest to run for elected office."  

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