House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been rooming in GOP pollster Frank Luntz’s Washington, DC, apartment for the reason that begin of the pandemic, in response to a report.
The revelation was first made by Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which aired a phase on Monday night making the declare, together with a written assertion from McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) spokesperson confirming that the GOP chief had, in truth, “rented a room in Washington at a fair market price from Frank.”
It will not be clear what value, if any, McCarthy is paying Luntz to crash at his rental.
Luntz owns 4 residences in the swanky Penn Quarter constructing, all of that are on the penthouse flooring. He performed a serious renovation to show the 4 smaller models into a bigger one.
Reps for the GOP chief didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s request for remark. Nor did Luntz.
Luntz is a distinguished pollster and GOP strategist recognized for conducting focus teams to trace responses to main political occasions, from presidential debates to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.
The 59-year-old strategist was taken to process by Carlson final week on his namesake present over among the company purchasers he now represents as founding father of Luntz Global, together with Amazon, Facebook, Google, Nike, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company, Delta Air Lines and extra.
Many of these corporations have opted to enter the political arena, taking “woke” stances on heated points.
Luntz stated in January of this 12 months that he now not recognized as a Republican, after rising as a critic of the GOP in the years after President Trump took the helm of the celebration.
He and McCarthy, nonetheless, have maintained their lengthy friendship.
Carlson questioned how Luntz, who can be a Fox News contributor, was capable of “wind up with so much influence in the Republican party” — regardless of having left the celebration.
“Why do [Republicans] listen to someone like Frank Luntz, rather than their own voters?” Carlson requested, repeatedly stating his concern that Luntz had “outsized influence” over GOP policymaking.
Asked in regards to the residing association on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, McCarthy laughed off any suggestion that the association created a battle of curiosity, whereas noting that he had since gone again to staying at his workplace.
“I didn’t know how this was controversial. Frank has been a friend of mine for more than 30 years. I met him with Newt Gingrich back when they were working on the Contract with America,” he stated, referring to Republican management of the Nineties that led an effort to take again the House of Representatives.
“You know, as the Democrats took over they started changing the House around and so yeah, I rented a room from Frank for a couple months,” he continued, not specifying what modifications had been made on the Capitol that required him to cease staying there.
McCarthy then stated he deliberate to return to staying “on my couch in my office.”
Pressed additional on the matter, particularly whether or not it was inappropriate for the highest Republican in the House to hire from such a distinguished political determine, the California lawmaker stated no.
“Well, Frank’s not a lobbyist,” McCarthy replied, “Frank’s a friend I knew 15 years before I ever got in [to politics].”
Additional reporting by Juliegrace Brufke