Bakersfield Congressman may ascend on Thursday
June 17, 2014
• House GOP votes on new majority leader
• Where Kevin McCarthy gets his money revealed
When Republican members of the House of Representatives gather Thursday to select the next majority leader, Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy is expected to have the inside track.
Now the “whip” of the Republican majority, he’s expected to easily win election to the number two post in the House over Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho.
Mr. McCarthy certainly has the edge when it comes to money, according to figures compiled by the nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization MapLight.org of Berkeley.
He has received more than $4.2 million in campaign contributions, compared to just over $595,000 for Mr. Labrador.
The industry segment putting the most money behind Mr. McCarthy is “securities and investment” from which $246,600 has been donated. That industry doesn’t even register in Mr. Labrador’s top ten, which is headed by “crop production and basic processing,” from which he has received $25,800.
Hewlett Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ) of Palo Alto is the largest donor to Mr. McCarthy, giving his campaign chest $21,100 in the current election cycle, according to MapLight.
Should Mr. McCarthy be picked by his fellow Republicans, the Central Valley would have the possibility of a political voice just slightly less powerful than that of the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-Ohio.
The House Majority Leader schedules which legislation gets floor consideration, plans the legislative agenda and generally works to advance the goals of the majority party, which, if current polling holds in November, will remain with the GOP.