Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy stunned his Washington colleagues and the people back home Thursday morning by dropping out of the race to be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Locals expressed surprise, frustration and joy over the news.
“He saw the handwriting on the wall. He wasn’t going to be able to hold the coalition together for the next three weeks,” said Cal State Bakersfield Political Science Professor Mark Martinez.
He said the shocking thing about McCarthy’s run was why it failed.