After a stinging loss in the congressional midterm elections, Republican lawmakers have chosen their new leader but not everybody is cheering.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (pictured below) was chosen as Minority Leader in a 159-43 vote that picked the California congressman over Rep. Jim Jordan, leader of the House Freedom Caucus and a vocal critic of GOP leaders, including outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan.
Ryan endorsed McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, when he announced earlier this year he was stepping down at the end of the year.
Jordan's campaign to run for Speaker was publicly supported by conservative groups, including the Mississippi-based American Family Association.
"For years now," says AFA spokesman Walker Wildmon, "the conservative wing of the Republican Party, they haven't had leaders that would fight for the principles and the issues that they campaign on."
Wildmon says AFA Action, the 501(c)(4) political arm of AFA, will urge McCarthy to stand strong on conservative principles.
"As far as what to fight on, the budget process, I would say, is a hill to die on, so to speak," he says. "Conservatives need to stop funding Democrat priorities like Planned Parenthood, abortion providers, and also these sanctuary cities that harbor illegal immigrants."
Even though the House flip turns Republican influence on its head, Wildmon says the Minority Leader will play a significant role in holding the party together to oppose Democrats, lead party fundraising and campaigning, and react to calls from Democrats for "bipartisan" deals.
Editor's Note: American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.