Stripped of his speakership, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R) lasting role in Congress came under fire as a primary challenger invoked MAGA in calling to “annihilate permanent Washington.”
Monday, from the Fresno, California suburb of Clovis, business owner David Giglio officially announced his candidacy for The Golden State’s 20th Congressional District. Central to his campaign message was the removal of the ousted House Speaker whom he asserted was guilty of “capitulating to Joe Biden and the radical Democrats.”
The Connecticut-born candidate and graduate of the University of Scranton released a statement on X aiming at the incumbent right out of the gate: “Kevin McCarthy has failed the American people.”
“After years of being sold out to special interests, the people of the Central Valley deserve an America First Republican fighting for them in Washington and working alongside President Donald Trump to WAGE WAR against the corrupt uniparty!” the announcement continued.
OFFICIAL: I’M RUNNING TO DEFEAT KEVIN MCCARTHY
— David Giglio (@DavidGiglioCA) October 30, 2023
The owner of CaliCards & More, a sports trading card retailer, went on to align himself with Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who had initiated the motion to vacate McCarthy, and the seven other Republicans who voted for the ouster in early October.
“Kevin McCarthy was removed as Speaker by 8 courageous members of his party for failing to keep to his promises and capitulating to Joe Biden and the radical Democrats. Kevin McCarthy must be defeated,” the announcement asserted. “Now more than ever, it is imperative that we replace career politicians and elect America First Republicans who will secure the southern border, stop the weaponization of government, drain the corrupt swamp, and annihilate permanent Washington.”
Previously, Giglio had unsuccessfully run against now-Rep. John Duarte (R) in California’s 13th Congressional District after he had set his sights on challenging Rep. Jim Costa (D) in California’s 16th Congressional District prior to the adoption of a new map following the 2020 U.S. Census.
Shortly after the vote had passed to take the gavel away from McCarthy, the congressman, who himself had been redistricted twice since initially being elected in 2006, had been questioned as to whether he had considered resigning altogether.
After having expressed it was something he “hasn’t thought about,” McCarthy told reporters more definitively, “I’m not resigning. I got a lot more work to do.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, the legislator said, “Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but it is necessary. I don’t regret standing up for choosing governing over grievance. It is my responsibility. It is my job. I do not regret negotiating. Our government is designed to find compromise.”
“I don’t regret my efforts to build coalitions and find solutions,” he went on. “I was raised to solve problems, not create them. So I may have lost a vote today. But as I walk out of this chamber, I feel fortunate to have served the American people. I leave the speakership with a sense of pride, accomplishment and yes, optimism.”
California’s non-partisan primary system meant that so long as the candidate took first or second overall in March, he would be assured a spot in the November general election.
While former President Donald Trump had not publicly reacted to Giglio’s announcement, the candidate was expected to be interviewed Tuesday by ardent supporter Laura Loomer.
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