It appears that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dropped out of the race to become the next Speaker of the House, due to the efforts of Pray For US – Pray For The United States and its followers. How did an online church headquartered in Henderson, Nevada manage to help derail the campaign of current House Speaker John Boehner’s right-hand man?
Here is a timeline which shows how a small but dedicated group just made a huge difference in America’s future.
Pray For US had been campaigning for several days to elect Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) as the next Speaker of the House. The messages that Pray For US was sending out to its followers were not so much anti-McCarthy, but pro-Gowdy at that point.
This mission was undertaken for moral reasons and pursuant to the state-approved charter of Pray For US which defines that mission, in part, as working to restore the rule of law and restoration of faith in America. Pray For US is a “Free church” organized solely under state law.
“When we started actually looking into Kevin McCarthy, outside of his voting record, our jaws hit the floor at a story the mainstream media has ignored since last January,” said Bob Mallory, editor of Pray For US.
Pray For US researchers found “30 to 40” mainstream conservative websites and commentators who were remarking that it looks like Kevin McCarthy will be the next Speaker of the House, but they were concerned about “the Ellmers rumors.”
After a little more digging, Pray For US found that in January of 2015, the website Gotnews.com interviewed current and former staff members of Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC). Those staffers allege that McCarthy and Ellmers – both married – have been carrying on an affair since 2011. Renee Ellmers’ official Facebook page is in fact riddled with accusations about the affair from her constituents.
Elder Charles Benninghoff, the founder of Pray For US stated, “Even though several conservative websites had references to the alleged affair between the two members of Congress we could find nowhere that it was covered by the so-called mainstream media. Through the beauty of the system we use called FaxGrams, we were able to put signed faxes of letters, personalized by each sender, directly into the offices of the members of Congress. All of us here felt that unless notification went directly to the members of Congress they would never know what was written in arcane conservative websites.”
Benninghoff adds, “Our FaxGram system, which has been written about recently about in several websites, is proving a point that while the fax machine may be old, innovations that we have been able to bring to the delivery of faxed messages has revived it’s power.”
From the original report by Gotnews.com:
The affair is something of an open secret in Washington, D.C. Reporters at other publications, lobbyists, congressional staffers of both parties all know about it. One staffer for a congressman describes it as the “biggest open secret” in D.C. A lobbyist describes Ellmers as a “social climber who has ingratiated herself” with McCarthy.
Through 10 months of these allegations floating around on conservative websites, neither McCarthy nor Ellmers publicly denied the rumors — until the same day that McCarthy announced he was bowing out of the race. Renee Ellmers’ attorneys filed a cease and desist letter against the publisher of Gotnews.com on Oct. 8th.
Charles Johnson of Gotnews.com stated, “GotNews.com stands by its story regarding the DC, NC, and Bakersfield rumors regarding an alleged affair between Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. We look forward to the opportunity to avail ourselves of deposition with seated members of congress should it come to that.”
“Anytime the Democrat Party-controlled media sits on a story for 10 months, you know they’re holding onto it until it will benefit them the most,” said Mallory. “I could see this one playing out immediately and dubbed it the ‘October Surprise of 2016’. We know this story would suddenly be ‘discovered’ at this time next year and used to discredit all of the Christians running for office, including whomever the GOP nominee for the White House is.”
Pray For US informed its followers of the allegations against McCarthy and urged them to contact their Representatives. The church saw it not only as a moral issue, but also as a tremendous liability for all Christian candidates who run for election in 2016.
Elder Charles Benninghoff, the founder of Pray For US, says “We definitely did not want to see a repeat next year against the Republicans that Floyd Brown‘s 1988 ‘October Surprise’ when Michael Dukakis got hammered for releasing murderer Willie Horton from prison, created against the Democrats. There is so much energy in the country right now to put a Christian back in the White House that we felt it was not worth the risk to the country. We had to tell Congress about the allegations against Kevin McCarthy.”
Foxnews.com reported on what happened after Pray For US followers sent thousands of FaxGrams to the House and made personal phone calls to their district Representatives:
In a curious development, Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., also sent a letter to House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., urging a full vetting of all leadership candidates to avoid a repeat of 1998, when the conference selected then-Rep. Bob Livingston in November to succeed outgoing House Speaker Newt Gingrich. It then emerged Livingston had been conducting an affair. Jones asked that any candidate who has committed “misdeeds” withdraw.
Kevin McCarthy then withdrew his bid to become the next Speaker of the House. And that is how Pray For US – a small but dedicated online church – helped take down one of the most powerful candidates in America running for one of the highest offices in the land!