Updated September 25, 2015…
GotNews.com first published this article earlier this year and has received numerous confirmations about it since then.
Neither McCarthy, nor Ellmers has denied it and now that McCarthy is next in line for the speakership of the House the affair has taken on new relevance.
Multiple sources within Bakersfield, North Carolina, & on Capitol Hill tell Gotnews.com that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Renee Ellmers (R-NC) have been carrying on a long-running affair since 2011.
The affair is something of an open secret in Washington, D.C. Reporters at other publications, lobbyists, congressional staffers of both parties all know about it. One staffer for a congressman describes it as the “biggest open secret” in D.C. A lobbyist describes Ellmers as a “social climber who has ingratiated herself” with McCarthy.
House leadership also knows about the affair. Speaker John Boehner reportedly told McCarthy to stop the affair once McCarthy was elected Majority Leader says a well placed congressional staffer. At least one leadership staffer doesn’t think the affair ended. “They are unusually close,” says the staffer who insists that the affair is going on. “It’s weird if he’s not fucking her.”
Ellmers, who was elected in 2010, has traveled with Kevin McCarthy throughout North Carolina on the campaign trail in 2014. McCarthy campaigned for Ellmers during her 2014 primary challenge with radio talk show host Frank Roche.
The New York Times discussed McCarthy and Ellmers’s working relationship in a 2011 article.
McCarthy, who can’t stand the sight of blood, appreciates the ex-nurse’s toughness. Ellmers is one of nine women in this high-testosterone freshman class and has to find her own way of being heard. She barraged McCarthy with e-mails and phone calls saying she saw little sense in the G.O.P. leadership’s decision in June to send the White House a message by bringing to the floor a ”clean” (or condition-free) debt ceiling and then resoundingly voting it down. Sometimes when Ellmers is talking to the whip and doesn’t think she’s getting through to him, she claps her hands loudly in front of his face. Sometimes McCarthy giggles and claps back.
The two Republicans travel together, campaign together, and support one another in conferences.
McCarthy has also made a number of trips to North Carolina to visit with Ellmers in North Carolina.
The trips coincide with when the affair is said to have occurred.
Here are some contemporaneous tweets.
At Chamber lunch featuring Rep. Renee Ellmers and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.
— Emily Atkinson (@GRCCGovAffairs) August 30, 2011
— Dan Forest (@DanForestNC) November 15, 2011
Ellmers was elected in 2010 in a close election after her opponent assaulted someone on the street. She has since been drawn into a safe congressional seat.
A Tea Party darling whose win surprised the party bosses, Ellmers has come into disrepute lately for her controversial positions on amnesty, spending, and abortion. She quickly teamed up with the leadership, though. Ellmers leaked sensitive details from Tea Party-linked representatives to McCarthy and Boehner, says a congressional staffer familiar with the early discussions.
Ellmers also worked with House leadership to pull a pro-life partial birth abortion ban bill.
This is truly astounding. Renee Ellmers expects us all to forget that she spent a week getting the bill pulled. RE https://t.co/rx5wVrHZ2a
— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) January 23, 2015
Kevin McCarthy bails on a prolife event as Renee Ellmers stabs prolifers in the back. http://t.co/wnUE7ZqaqD
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 22, 2015
Ellmers had previously supported the same bill several years prior but said that she was upset with the exception for rape language in the bill.
Calls and emails to Reps. Ellmers’s and McCarthy’s offices were unreturned.
Gotnews.com also reached out to Brent Ellmers, her husband, but hasn’t heard back. His number from his medical practice has been discontinued.
More to come…