Ellmers thanks colleagues for support

Ellmers thanks colleagues for support
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Rep. Renee EllmersRenee EllmersClay Aiken podcast looks for political balance North Carolina ruling could cost GOP House seats Renee Ellmers announces bid for North Carolina lieutenant governor MORE (R-N.C.) on Friday morning thanked fellow House Republicans for their support after they received emails from a conservative activist alleging she had an affair with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyDemocrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' MORE (R-Calif.).

Ellmers brought up the emails during the “open mics” session of the meeting, according to a lawmaker in the room. The meeting was held to discuss the House GOP’s path forward after McCarthy’s stunning decision to abruptly drop out of the Speaker race on Thursday.


“She was very sorry that members had gotten these nasty emails and that their inboxes were being cluttered up,” a GOP lawmaker said. “She said being a woman in this business is hard, but that she was a tough cookie.”

After the meeting, Ellmers also released a statement.

“As someone who has been targeted by completely false accusations and innuendo, I have been moved by the outpouring of support and prayers from my colleagues, constituents and friends. Now I will be praying for those who find it acceptable to bear false witness,” she said.

Many GOP lawmakers have received emails in recent days from Steven Baer, a conservative activist from Chicago, alleging that McCarthy and Ellmers had an extramarital affair while they served in the House.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) this week sent a letter to lawmakers urging anyone running for a leadership post to drop out if they had “skeletons” in their closet.

McCarthy on Thursday indicated the Jones letter was not a factor in his decision to drop out of the race.

With his wife standing by his side, McCarthy brushed off the accusation: "No. No. Come on."

Rumors of the affair had circulated enough that at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday with Texas’s GOP delegation, members pressed McCarthy for reassurances that it was not true. McCarthy assured them that it wasn’t true, according to lawmakers present.