History has its eyes on us

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By Patric Hedlund, TME

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been attracted to power since he was a 22-year-old intern at the Bakersfield office of Bill Thomas, U. S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee Chairman—one of the most powerful Republicans in the United States at the time.

Thomas, a former California State University, Bakersfield, professor, mentored the young McCarthy with extraordinary skill.

In The Thomas Slip Stream
McCarthy was an attentive student. The young man’s trajectory toward power closely mapped that of his mentor.

In 2002 McCarthy was elected to the California State Assembly seat that Thomas once held. The entire San Joaquin Valley Republican infrastructure seemed to cheer him on.
To the GOP faithful in the region, McCarthy became known as “Our Boy Kevin.” Democrats didn’t even bother to run an opponent against him for his second term.

In 2006, after Bill Thomas had served 16 terms in the House of Representatives, he decided to retire. There was no question which Republican would win his seat in Congress.

McCarthy got 85% of the primary votes. At 41 he waltzed into the role of Congressman as a rising young star ….(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

Photo captions:

Three Californians stood in the spotlight of power for the first official acts of the 46th President of the United States Joe Biden, Jr. after the inauguration ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 20. Shown above (l-r) are: the Mountain Community’s Congressmember, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield); Speaker of the House Congressmember Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco); and new Vice President Kamala Harris, from Palo Alto and Los Angeles, California’s former U.S. Senator and former Attorney General.

A McCarthy staffer and a young intern hold a paperback book cover displayed in the Congressman’s Washington D.C. office in 2012 as the government was about to be closed down as a political tactic. It threatened many of his constituents.

Source: Washington Post survey of the 30 corporate political action committees that gave the most money to the 2015-2020 campaigns of the 147 election-objecting U.S. lawmakers, as identified by data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Above and Top Right: Kevin McCarthy in his Washington, D.C. House Whip office, where the eyes of Abraham Lincoln dominate his sitting room, as he whips votes to close down the government in 2012.
Right: Constituent Dick Albright of Lockwood Valley with Congressman McCarthy at a campaign event.

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