House GOP elects McCarthy, Scalise to leadership

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California capped a meteoric rise through the ranks of power on Thursday, winning election as House majority leader as Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary defeat in Virginia. Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, 48, was elected to replace McCarthy as whip, a clear indication that the rank and file wanted a red-state Republican in the upper ranks of leadership for the first time since the party gained control of the House in 2010. McCarthy, a former aide who won his seat in Congress less than eight years ago, pledged after his victory to make sure the GOP “has the courage to lead with the wisdom to listen, and we’ll turn…

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