McCarthy privately floats replacing Chamber leadership

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House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy is telling U.S. Chamber of Commerce board members and state leaders the organization must undertake a complete leadership change and replace current president and CEO Suzanne Clark, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: McCarthy’s direct conversations make clear he will not work with Clark and her leadership team if Republicans win control and he becomes House speaker.

  • But he’s charting a potential path forward for the business group to reestablish a relationship with the GOP conference.

What they’re saying: Mark Ordan, chairman of the board of directors, told Axios that Clark continues to have the “complete support” of the executive committee.

  • “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce team serves a vital role in the daily defense of American business,” he said. “We serve our members, not a political…

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