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California's Kevin McCarthy a virtual lock for House majority leader
Los Angeles Times ^ | June 12, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro

Posted on 06/12/2014 11:04:32 AM PDT by EveningStar

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) is all but assured of becoming the next House majority leader after a lawmaker considered to be a strong conservative challenger declined Thursday to run in the internal GOP race.

The affable McCarthy, now the No. 3 Republican in the House, is by no means the top choice among tea party lawmakers who believe the current leadership is tied too closely to the party's establishment wing. But the path for his ascent to the No. 2 spot seemed to clear Thursday as the potential challenger, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, said he would not seek the post.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: jebhensarling; kevinmccarthy; majorityleader; petesessions

1 posted on 06/12/2014 11:04:32 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: All

I hope the conservatives can mount a successful last minute challenge.


2 posted on 06/12/2014 11:05:33 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

That’s not going to help Boehner keep his seat, let’s hope.


3 posted on 06/12/2014 11:08:43 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: EveningStar

When it comes to amnesty McCarthy is worse than Cantor was.


4 posted on 06/12/2014 11:08:45 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: EveningStar
his ascent to the No. 2 spot seemed to clear Thursday as the potential challenger, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, said he would not seek the post.

Well, WTF?
I sure hope there's an end game here...

5 posted on 06/12/2014 11:09:15 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: EveningStar

Even though this person sandbagged the GOP and deliberately lost them seats in the House.


6 posted on 06/12/2014 11:10:12 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: EveningStar

So, the fix is in.

I guess they didn’t get the message.


7 posted on 06/12/2014 11:11:29 AM PDT by CyberAnt (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: EveningStar
And the only question with Cantor is how large his winning margin would be.

Forgive me if I don't believe anything the media says.

/johnny

8 posted on 06/12/2014 11:12:02 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: EveningStar

I think that Jeb H stood down to let fellow-Texan Sessions go for it.


9 posted on 06/12/2014 11:12:10 AM PDT by expat2
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To: EveningStar

10 posted on 06/12/2014 11:13:26 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: TomServo

I’ve been waiting for someone to post something like that! LOL! :)


11 posted on 06/12/2014 11:15:50 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: expat2
I think that Jeb H stood down to let fellow-Texan Sessions go for it.

I hope you are right.

12 posted on 06/12/2014 11:18:28 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: EveningStar
"Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) is all but assured of becoming the next House majority leader
after a lawmaker considered to be a strong conservative challenger declined Thursday to run in the internal GOP race."

The only EFFECTIVE CONSERVATIVE out of California was essentially disowned by his own state.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy is as CONSERVATIVE as a 'towel-head 'is in Bagdad.
No true Conservative in leadership will result in Demolib victory, and rejection of the voter base/repeat of 2010 elections !
or MASS REVOLT !!
Your Choice ~ but USE YOUR BRAIN THIS TIME !!
Think of the future of this country , and dont screw it up this time !!

13 posted on 06/12/2014 11:19:19 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: CyberAnt
I guess they didn’t get the message.

On the contrary. They got the message. That's exactly why they are doubling down.

As much pleasure I got watching Cantor go down, it was just wonderful, the GOP response of doubling down only confirms my belief all along that these people are not going to be beaten at the ballot box. Only a 95% sweep there would suffice & that just isn't going to happen. Incremental-ism isn't going to work, not in our lifetimes.

The GOPe is second only to the Dems in lack of principles and ethics.

14 posted on 06/12/2014 11:24:08 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: EveningStar
I'll never forget a close relative's reason for voting for Democrat Tom Foley. The reason ...

"He does wondeerful things for our district."

15 posted on 06/12/2014 11:24:27 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (Looking forward to November elections.)
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To: EveningStar
“The affable McCarthy”

We don't need “affable”. That means go along get along. We need combative, ingenious, devious and successful.

I knew something like this was in the works when that d-bag Canter announced he was stepping down NOW. The game plan is to select his successor NOW while that OTHER d-bag Boehner is speaker so he can exert his influence to assure another go-along get-along nebish with the personality of a warmed-over fish meal - like Cantor - is selected.

If I lived in Boehner’s district and I was a conservative Republican, I would vote for the Democrat just to flush that dirt bag down the toilette.

16 posted on 06/12/2014 11:25:51 AM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Isn’t Duncan Hunter, Jr. a conservative?


17 posted on 06/12/2014 11:26:51 AM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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To: ZULU

Pelosi: trained by East Coast mob.
Reid: trained by Nevada mob
Baraq: trained by Chicago mob

Boehner: country club auto supplier salesman


18 posted on 06/12/2014 11:27:54 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: ZULU
If I lived in Boehner’s district and I was a conservative Republican, I would vote for the Democrat just to flush that dirt bag down the toilette.

That would be silly.

19 posted on 06/12/2014 11:31:10 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: ZULU

More so than McCarthy that’s for sure...

McCarthy is a hack binging on power and affluence now that he’s in DC...

I’ve seen him do less and less as time has gone by...but rest assured, when it comes to illegals, he’s all in...many of his constituents in the Bakersfield area are hispanic. The rest of us in the outlying ‘burbs are too white and too few for his liking I guess.


20 posted on 06/12/2014 11:31:38 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: ZULU
We don't need “affable”. That means go along get along. We need combative, ingenious, devious and successful.

I know just the guy. Unfortunately, at least in this case, he's a Senator.


21 posted on 06/12/2014 11:33:10 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: EveningStar

I was just reading that if McCarthy becomes number two then fed funding for the California bullet train will stop. Via the SacBee and Dan Walters.


22 posted on 06/12/2014 11:35:36 AM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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To: EveningStar

Pete Sessions wants the job too, and while no rock ribbed conservative stalwart, he is head and shoulders above McCarthy!


23 posted on 06/12/2014 11:40:26 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: ChildOfThe60s; All

I’m sorry .. but I’m not buying your reasoning ..

“... these people (the GOP elite) are not going to be beaten at the ballot box ...”

Well .. Brat did!

But .. they still didn’t get the message of what that election meant .. and are instead installing the next Boehner follower. I had high hopes for McCarthy when he first got elected .. but just like Cantor, they fell to the wiles of Boehner.

Never forget .. Boehner spent many of his years (prior to being Speaker), down the street at a pool hall with all his DEMOCRAT buddies - so he could smoke. As far as I’m concerned, Boehner is a democrat-lite. He talks big .. but his moves prove otherwise.

And .. people should never misunderstand the ANGER of the American people. It wasn’t the Tea Party who got Brat elected .. because the “Patriots” group talked to the Brat people and told them the Patriots were too invested in the Cochran race; however, Jenny gave them instructions as to what to do .. and Brat’s staff DID IT.

So, this was not a “Tea Party win” .. THIS WAS A WIN BY “WE THE PEOPLE” WHO ARE SO TICKED OFF AT OUR GOVT THAT WE’RE TAKING TO THE BALLOT BOX IN DROVES. If you think otherwise, you’re mistaken.


24 posted on 06/12/2014 11:41:15 AM PDT by CyberAnt (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: liege

I can support him in this case, but I am still highly suspicious of him on amnesty...

The browndoggle needs to be stopped in its tracks...[yes I did that deliberately].

It’s nothing more than a scheme to rape the taxpayers and enrich politicians and unions.

But the voters were too stupid to realize this...all they saw was “green” transportation.


25 posted on 06/12/2014 11:44:41 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: CyberAnt

I hope you are right & that I am indeed mistaken.

Yes a lot of the people are ticked off. Enough of them?

PS: I still have to look at The Chinless One every day and get his mailers telling me how conservative he is. A liar and hypocrite.

I still think the majority of people in the USA are sheep.


26 posted on 06/12/2014 11:53:43 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: EveningStar

If so, there will be a huge revolt from conservatives.

Why should one amnesty pimp replace another.


27 posted on 06/12/2014 12:17:57 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Cochran And Boss Hogg.)
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To: EveningStar

The GOP has a death wish.


28 posted on 06/12/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Beagle8U

Why should this position of power be given to an amnesty pimp.


29 posted on 06/12/2014 12:22:58 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Cochran And Boss Hogg.)
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To: EveningStar
That would be silly.

No, it wouldn't. In fact, if McCarthy gets Minority Leader, I say it's time to work to make him minority leader.

30 posted on 06/12/2014 12:25:15 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: dware

Majority to minority. Lol.


31 posted on 06/12/2014 12:26:26 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: EveningStar

His claim to fame?

President of the Young republicans


32 posted on 06/12/2014 12:29:25 PM PDT by philly-d-kidder (AB-Sheen"The truth is the truth if nobody believes it,a lie is still a lie, everybody believes it")
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To: Beagle8U
But...but..."Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the former GOP vice presidential nominee who is influential among his conservative peers, said he would back McCarthy". After all, how much more conservative can you get than Paul "Stab them in the back" Ryan? < / sarcasm >
33 posted on 06/12/2014 12:32:07 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I sooooo miss America!)
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To: tennmountainman

It is going to wind up between McCarthy and Sessions because nobody else will get enough votes.

ANYBODY is better than McCarthy!


34 posted on 06/12/2014 12:52:22 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U

McCarthy is not conservative.
He is not from a conservative state.
He is an amnesty pimp.

Where are true conservatives when we need them most?

AWOL, that’s where.


35 posted on 06/12/2014 12:56:20 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Cochran And Boss Hogg.)
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To: tennmountainman

McCarthy is far worse than Cantor.


36 posted on 06/12/2014 1:02:05 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: circlecity
When it comes to amnesty McCarthy is worse than Cantor was.

You got that right. If McCarthy becomes Majority Leader, then it's a great big FU to Conservatives. It also is a signal that the national GOP is perfectly content having Pelosi as Speaker and Reid in charge of the Senate since they will be adopting the exact same position that lost them both houses of Congress back in 2006.

37 posted on 06/12/2014 1:15:21 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: EveningStar

Who was the “conservative” who declined?


38 posted on 06/12/2014 1:48:17 PM PDT by nomad
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To: EveningStar

No. 2 spot seemed to clear Thursday as the potential challenger, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, said he would not seek the post.

******

Well, that’s a BIG bummer :(


39 posted on 06/12/2014 1:53:07 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: nomad

Who was the “conservative” who declined?


From the article....

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, TX


No. 2 spot seemed to clear Thursday as the potential challenger, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, said he would not seek the post.


40 posted on 06/12/2014 1:54:11 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: EveningStar

Not really. We have s majority in the House and will add to it

If Boehner is reelected he may get the Speaker’s slot again and block the conservatives.

He is a useless obstructive troll.


41 posted on 06/12/2014 4:59:04 PM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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To: circlecity

>> “When it comes to amnesty McCarthy is worse than Cantor was” <<

.
Absolutely true!

Just like Radonovich, all valley congresscritters are in it for the cheap agg labor.
.


42 posted on 06/12/2014 5:03:55 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: SZonian

McCarthy is owned by the big Agg land owners, that is why he is an open borders fool.
.


43 posted on 06/12/2014 5:11:53 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: grobdriver

Maybe Henslarling has been threatened.


44 posted on 06/12/2014 5:22:59 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: EveningStar

I was hoping for Jeb Hensarling but I’m not surprised that the fix is in for McCarthy.


45 posted on 06/12/2014 6:48:59 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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