Longtime member of Republican Party leadership Kevin McCarthy raised eyebrows Tuesday after he was spotted hanging out at the Capitol with infamous pollster Frank Luntz.
This news comes according to reports by Politico’s Olivia Beavers.
McCarthy brought Luntz along? Today of all days?
Ok now I'm kind of rooting for the rebels. https://t.co/WUyw2VtsXh
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Controversy previously brewed after Fox News host Tucker Carlson put out a segment highlighting the curious relationship the two hold; McCarthy rented and lived in Luntz’s apartment in downtown Washington, D.C.
Carlson suggested that McCarthy could be in violation of House ethics rules by “living with a lobbyist for Google.”
“Over the weekend, we got a call from a source who said that, in fact, Frank Luntz and Kevin McCarthy are not simply friends, they’re roommates,” Carlson said at the time. “Kevin McCarthy lives in Luntz’s apartment in downtown Washington. That’s what we were told, and honestly, we did not believe it. The top Republican in the House lives with a Google lobbyist? Come on. Even by the sleazy and corrupt standards of politics in Washington, that didn’t seem possible. In fact, it sounded like a joke.”
Upon being contacted by Carlson’s team, a McCarthy spokeswoman at first denied the allegations, saying, “He certainly isn’t living with Frank Luntz.” She later acknowledged that he “rents a room in Washington” from Luntz for what she described as a “fair market price.”
The apartment building Luntz was living at was reportedly very expensive, estimated to cost approximately $5,000 a month.
McCarthy, who is married and has two children, indicated that he does not understand “how this was controversial.”
Apparently, McCarthy’s wife was reportedly nowhere to be found with him on the same day he was spotted with Luntz.
Luntz was also seen on a CNBC segment posted Tuesday in which he commented, “It looks very difficult for Kevin to put together a majority on the first ballot.”
"The challenge is that the public actually wants to get things done. They want the parties to work together on inflation, work together on immigration," political strategist Frank Luntz says. https://t.co/yY1DDlHgf8 pic.twitter.com/gULa7zv1a0
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