McCarthy Gave Spacey ‘Don’t Surprise Me’ Line on House of Cards

'I didn't deliver it that way, but I gave him that line, yes'


House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) helped Kevin Spacey with one of his memorable lines on “House of Cards,” the popular Netflix original series where he portrays fictional majority whip Frank Underwood.

As Underwood, a manipulative, powerful Democrat from South Carolina, Spacey tells two lower-ranking Congressmen “vote your district, vote your conscience, don’t surprise me. And the most important one of those is don’t surprise me.”

“I didn’t deliver it in that way, but I gave him that line, yes,” McCarthy said Sunday on “State of the Union.”

McCarthy has said he enjoys the show, even if he doesn’t find it particularly realistic.