Pelosi Booted From Plush Office After McCarthy Accuses Her of Betrayal

October 4, 2023

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) was evicted Tuesday evening from her Capitol office after former speaker Kevin McCarthy accused her of betraying him as he was ousted from his role as the top House Republican.

The office will be used "for speaker office use," according to an eviction email from the office of interim House speaker Patrick McHenry (R., N.C.). Pelosi was instructed she must move out by Wednesday and reports indicate she cleared out Tuesday.

"Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed," the email from McHenry's staff read.

After McCarthy was ousted on Tuesday when House Democrats partnered with eight Republicans to vote him out of the speaker job, McCarthy claimed Pelosi had told him she would protect him from a Republican insurgency aimed at dethroning him. McCarthy said Pelosi urged him to concede to party members' demands for a House rule allowing just a one-member threshold to bring a motion to vacate the speakership.

"She said, ‘Just give it to them. I’ll always back you up,’" McCarthy said.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D.), formerly the Democratic majority leader, was also evicted from his Capitol hideaway office, Punchbowl News reported Wednesday.

Hideaway offices in the Capitol are desirable for House members given their proximity to the floor. There are few of such offices, and only top House officials can claim them.

"This eviction is a sharp departure from tradition," Pelosi said in a statement. "As Speaker, I gave former Speaker [Dennis] Hastert a significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished."

McCarthy announced Tuesday night that he would not seek the speakership again.

"When we come out of the next vote, let's elect that person on the first round," McCarthy reportedly told Republicans. "If I have to be the sacrifice, so be it."