Republican Home chief Kevin McCarthy admits he rented room from GOP pollster Frank Luntz
Home Majority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) poses with pollster Frank Luntz on the podium within the Quicken Loans Area on the 2016 Republican Nationwide Conference in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, July 19, 2016.
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Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the highest Republican within the Home, admitted Tuesday that he rented a room for “a few months” from GOP pollster and company advisor Frank Luntz.
However McCarthy, throughout an look on Fox Information, denied there was any battle of curiosity in sharing a house along with his longtime pal Luntz, a commucations advisor for Republican causes and firms.
McCarthy’s chuckling affirmation got here a day after outraged Fox Information host Tucker Carlson first reported the California Republican’s curious dwelling association with Luntz in downtown Washington. McCarthy instructed Fox Information he paid “truthful market price” for the room to Luntz.
Data reviewed by CNBC point out that Luntz purchased that three-bedroom, 3½-bath, 1,740 square-foot penthouse house in 2018 for greater than $1 million.
The pad boasts “Italian home equipment” and a “rooftop patio,” in accordance an actual property web site.
Carlson had expressed wide-eyed astonishment Monday evening that Luntz — who has been a verbal goal of his lately — was performing as McCarthy’s landlord.
Carlson’s ire stems from his perception that Luntz is “successfully a Democrat” — whom Carlson says additionally successfully “lobbies on behalf of among the world’s most left-wing firms” — whereas having the ear of “the management of the Republican Celebration.”
“His views, make no mistake, bear no resemblance in anyway to the views of precise Republican voters,” Carlson fumed on his present.
Carlson started teeing off on Luntz final week after the pollster was quoted by Axios as saying “Republicans are extra pro-immigrant than elites understand.”
Carlson stated on his present he was tipped off to McCarthy staying with Luntz, however that McCarthy’s spokeswoman all however chuckled in first denying the tip Monday morning.
She stated McCarthy both slept on his workplace sofa or rented lodge rooms when in Washington, based on Carlson.
However that spokeswoman two hours later confirmed the tip in a textual content to Carlson’s present, saying, “Due to the [coronavirus] pandemic, McCarthy has rented a room in Washington at a good market worth from Frank.”
Carlson confirmed the message on his present after which stated, “Now you understand why they hearken to Frank Luntz and never you.”
When Fox and Pals host Steve Doocy requested McCarthy on Tuesday morning about staying with Luntz — “What’s up with that?” — the lawmaker smiled.
“I did not understand how this was controversial,” McCarthy stated.
“Frank has been a buddy of mine for greater than 30 years.”
McCarthy then chalked up his use of Luntz’s residence to Democrats altering round workplaces within the Home of Representatives — to not the Covid-19 pandemic, as his spokeswoman instructed Carlson.
“As Democrats took over they began altering the Home round,” McCarthy instructed Doocy.
Democrats gained majority management within the Home two years in the past. So it’s not clear how a reconfiguration of workplaces then led to McCarthy stick with Luntz extra lately.
“Yeah, I rented a room from Frank for a few months, however don’t be concerned, I am going again to the place I’m usually … again to the sofa in my workplace,” McCarthy instructed Doocy.
“We paid far-market lease,” McCarthy stated.
CNBC has reached out to McCarthy’s workplace to ask how lengthy precisely he stayed with Luntz, and what price he paid the pollster.
“Frank’s not a lobbyist, Frank’s a buddy,” McCarthy instructed Doocy when the Fox Information host identified Carlson’s criticisms. “I do not see that there is any drawback there alongside that line.”
Luntz, a frequent visitor on CNBC, didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
— Extra reporting by CNBC’s Brian Schwartz and Christina Wilkie