Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s decision to leave Congress early has been met with mixed reactions in his hometown of Bakersfield, California.
While he expressed a desire to “serve America in new ways” and support the next generation of leaders, local responses have been less sympathetic.
“I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways. I know my work is only getting started,” McCarthy wrote. (Trending: Elon Musk Condemns Arrest Of Jan 6 Protester)
“I will continue to recruit our country’s best and brightest to run for elected office. The Republican Party is expanding every day, and I am committed to lending my experience to support the next generation of leaders,” he added.
Some have expressed disappointment that he didn’t finish his term, while others have criticized his focus on personal ambition over representing his constituents.
“If you went through the wringer he went through, I suspect there’s a little humiliation, a little embarrassment. Maybe he’s licking his wounds and wants to go off into the sunset,” Greg Perrone said.
“Still, I’m a little disappointed that he didn’t finish the term that he was elected to serve. That’s not what we expect from our elected leaders.”
The reaction in Bakersfield reflects a sense of disillusionment and disappointment with McCarthy’s departure.
“So Kevin McCarthy has quit his job to ‘serve America in new ways,’’ Barbara Steward of Bakersfield added.
“Theoretically, Kevin was elected to represent his constituents here. Theoretically, he was not elected to raise money for Republicans to run in other districts, he was not elected to become Speaker of the House.”
Theoretically, he was elected to represent the people in his district in California,” she wrote.
“His quitting the job he was elected to do tells you everything about what was important to him and what he saw as his job. It was never about anything but his personal ambition.
He achieved that, becoming briefly the Speaker of the House, but now can’t face the job he was actually elected to do, quitting mid-term,” she continued.
“Poor Kevin, he might have spent this last year actually trying to accomplish getting some legislation passed that helped his constituents.”
“Might have but has chosen to quit. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Kevin, you haven’t represented us in a very long time,” Steward concluded.