McCarthy Shatters Record, Raising $33.7M for House GOP

No House Republican has ever raised as much money in the first half of a year as Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) has thus far in 2019, according to fundraising figures released by his campaign on Wednesday morning.

McCarthy’s fundraising committees announced the campaign had raised $10.66 million in the second quarter, bringing his total haul for the year thus far to $33.72 million. The success has allowed it to already distribute $8.8 directly to reelection campaigns of members and $10.7 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee and state parties.

“The substantial resources raised thus far will allow us to take our vision and message to the people—and expand the map by outworking, out-recruiting and exposing the corrupt, inept new Democrat socialist party,” McCarthy said. “Together we will restore a government that put America first and every American back on top.”

With $33.72 million, McCarthy just edged out the previous fundraising record for a House Republican, set by former Republican leader Paul Ryan (Wisc.) in 2017 when he had raised $33.06 million at the halfway point.

This year’s haul, however, shatters the amount raised by Ryan last year, when Republicans failed to maintain their control of the House. Ryan’s fundraising team raised only about $15 million through two quarters last year.

McCarthy credits the fundraising success partially to current “chaos” with Democrats in the majority.

“Republicans are on offense, fighting back and winning against the socialist agenda coming from House Democrats,” McCarthy said. “The ensuing chaos from the Democrat caucus has left this majority rudderless and exposed their inability to solve problems on behalf of the American people.”


McCarthy Coordinating With Local Officials and Governor for Aid Following Earthquake

RIDGECREST, Calif. (KGET) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) said Saturday morning he has been coordinating with local officials and the governor’s office to get the aid the county needs following the 7.1 magnitude quake near Ridgecrest.

McCarthy tweeted he’s been at the incident command center set up following the powerful temblor that struck 8:19 p.m. Friday. He said first responders and search and rescue teams worked through the night.

“Last night’s earthquake was one of the biggest ones I can remember,” he tweeted. “Lots of damage and power outages in the Ridgecrest area, but thankfully no reports of death or serious injuries.”

My Dad Was a Fireman. This Is the Greatest Lesson He Taught Me

He died on January 28, 2000, when he was only 58 years old, after fighting a fierce battle with cancer. Even in those final years of his life, my dad just couldn’t stay away from the fire department and his fellow firefighters.

I remember one day, while he was going through chemotherapy, my dad heard the familiar rumble and siren of a Bakersfield fire truck responding to a call. Most people who are going through chemotherapy are advised to relax and get plenty of rest. They are probably also advised to avoid strolling around the neighborhood carrying their IV.

But when my dad heard that familiar rumble and siren of a Bakersfield fire truck in the distance, there was nothing I could do. The next thing I knew, I saw my father riding along in the truck, IV and all.

No one and nothing, not even cancer, could take the fireman out of him.

My dad’s unwavering spirit and appetite for life is one of the dozens of lessons and values he gave my sister, brother and me over the years. It’s something I try to carry with me as I navigate the halls of Congress and the world of politics and, more importantly, as my wife and I raise our own two children.

Another lesson is the value of a strong work ethic. Like many firemen, my dad had two jobs. When he wasn’t working 24-hour shifts, he moved furniture. When he did work 24-hour shifts, my mom would pile my siblings and me into the car and drive us down to the fire station to visit him. On the way home, if we were lucky, we’d stop at Bob’s Big Boy for hot fudge sundaes.

My dad loved sayings. As I’ve grown up, one of them in particular has stuck with me: “Any job big or small, do it right or not at all.”

It didn’t matter if cancer was trying to slow my dad down – if there was a job to do, he was going to do it. That day he was getting in that firetruck no matter what.

Politics has brought me to the ends of the Earth and it’s introduced me to some incredible and unique people. I’m honored to represent a district with some of the most hardworking and respectable men and women in this country.

But for all the good that Washington and those who work here have provided, it can be easy to get distracted by the noise and the faux outrage.

I sometimes fear we forget that the job we have – as elected representatives of the greatest country in the world – is a privilege. And as my dad did, we should all aim to get in our metaphorical trucks every day, and do our jobs right – big or small.

On Father’s Day, I’m reminded of that. I’m reminded of all the lessons my father instilled in me, whether he meant to or not.

My dad would have turned 77 years old just a couple of days ago. I can see him now: somehow never tired from the long shifts at the firehouse, laughing so hard he could barely finish his story. I’d ask him how he’s doing, and he’d say: “Just a little shy of wonderful.”

Happy Father’s Day Dad, and Happy Father’s Day to all the brave men and women at the Bakersfield Fire Department.

VA Mission Act Going Into Effect on D-Day, Giving Local Access to Healthcare to Veterans


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The VA M.I.S.S.I.O.N. Act was passed and signed into law in 2018, and it changes the eligibility requirements for veterans to allow veterans locally, paid for by Veterans Affairs and advocated for by Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

Previously, federal law said that the VA would only pay for a veteran to receive private or specialty care, if the veteran had to drive more than 40 miles or wait longer than 30 days could choose to see a VA doctor.

Now under the M.I.S.S.I.O.N. Act, the VA will pay for care if a veteran has to wait longer than 28 days or drive more than an hour to see a VA provider — meaning that more veterans can receive care locally instead of traveling outside the county.

The law makes it so that as many as 2.1 million vets are now eligible for private care compared to the previous number of 560,000 eligible veterans.

Local veterans say that this law is good news for the veteran community.

McCarthy Honors Local Hero, Blaine Hodge

Rep. Kevin McCarthy presented Blaine Hodge with the 2019 Citizens Honors Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society on Tuesday.

In September 2018, Hodge saved a woman being chased by a man wielding an 18-inch machete in a Starbucks in Bakersfield.

“Fight or flight, we all question what we would do in a frightening situation, but we all wouldn’t wonder what Blaine would do,” McCarthy said in a news release. “He acted swiftly and bravely, two qualities that no doubt helped to save the survivor and all those in the immediate area that day.”

McCarthy also directed a flag to be flown over the U.S. Capitol in Hodge’s honor.

“I hope that we never find ourselves in a similar circumstance, but if we do, may we all fight as valiantly as Blaine Hodge, a true hero,” McCarthy said.