Locals react to McCarthy's withdrawal from speakership race

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, left, speak to reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Oct. 7, 2015. McCarthy is vying for Boehner's House Speaker position at the end of the month.

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.

Waves of surprise, frustration and loyalty spread out over local social media and political observers talked about the drama and impact of McCarthy’s decision.

“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.

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