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Contrasting views from Central Valley about Rep. McCarthy as Speaker




New Majority Leader of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy arrives to speak during the Faith and Freedom Coalitions Road to Majority Conference on June 20, 2014.
New Majority Leader of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy arrives to speak during the Faith and Freedom Coalitions Road to Majority Conference on June 20, 2014.
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For some constituents of Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., news that he is running for Speaker of the House of Representatives gives them hope he will fight for their agenda.

As Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., said in a statement: "[McCarthy] knows the issues [affecting] the Central Valley, ranging from water to immigration, and will fight for Californians regardless of his position in the House."

The House Majority Leader has climbed the rungs with every shift of power among the Congressional GOP. Cal State Bakersfield political science professor Mark Martinez says McCarthy has been successful because his strategy is to sit back and strategize. Martinez believes McCarthy will not go out of his way to give special consideration to Central Valley issues.

If McCarthy wins the role of Speaker of the House, how could he use that position to benefit California? When it comes to Beltway politics, how will McCarthy rise above the challenges faced by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio?

Guests:

Mike DeBonis, reporter who covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post.

Cathy Abernathy, Chief of Staff for Shannon Grove, (Republican Assemblywoman for California’s 34th District including large swaths of the Central Valley); Note: When Cathy was Chief of Staff for former Congressman Bill Thomas (R-CA), she hired Kevin McCarthy as an intern

Mark Martinez, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, California State University, Bakersfield