A GOP lawmaker who helped oust former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy accused the California Republican of shoving him in a congressional hallway.
In an on-camera interview on the Capitol steps following the incident, Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), one of eight Republicans who joined all of the chamber’s Democrats in vacating the Speaker’s chair last month, claimed that McCarthy had taken a “cheap shot from behind.”
“You don’t expect that sort of thing from an adult, certainly not one who was once third in line for the White House,” Burchett said, adding he believes the push was “deliberate.”
“I’ll take a polygraph test. And have Kevin take a polygraph test,” he said. “It was deliberate. It was just a cheap shot by a bully.”