GOP leader says he doesn't want Chamber's endorsement: 'They have sold out'

GOP leader says he doesn't want Chamber's endorsement: 'They have sold out'
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy says there will be a peaceful transition if Biden wins GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power McCarthy claims protests in Louisville, other cities are 'planned, orchestrated events' MORE (R-Calif.) said he doesn’t want the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s endorsement this cycle following the news that it is endorsing 23 House first-term Democrats.

“I don’t want the U.S. Chamber’s endorsement because they have sold out,” McCarthy told Fox News's Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsTrump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs to be deposed in Seth Rich lawsuit: report Trump praises several Fox News shows at briefing for coverage of Russia probe MORE on Thursday when asked about The Hill’s report that the pro-business advocacy group is endorsing the group of Democrats.

“It is hypocrisy that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce would endorse the Democrats that are part of this socialist agenda that is driving this country out, and it's fighting this president,” the leader said. “Remember, these are the people that are voting for impeachment. When this president has done so much for this nation ... built us the strongest economy ever.”

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The Chamber is also endorsing 29 House first-term Republicans.

Prior to McCarthy’s comments, Neil Bradley, the Chamber’s executive vice president and chief policy officer, tweeted touting the endorsements the group is giving to Republican challengers.

He noted that endorsements are considered for members who received at least 70 percent on the Chamber's scorecards based on their record. 

The committee that decides endorsements concluded its vote last week. In an overwhelming majority consensus in favor of members on both sides of the aisle, it voted 75 percent in support of the full set of recommended first-term members for endorsements, according to a memo obtained by The Hill.

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