Vince Fong Launches Bid for U.S. Congress, Aiming to Succeed Kevin McCarthy in 2024

Grayson Larkspur

Updated Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 12:33 PM CDT

Vince Fong Launches Bid for U.S. Congress, Aiming to Succeed Kevin McCarthy in 2024

Bakersfield Assemblymember Vince Fong has officially declared his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives, signaling a shift in the political landscape as he aims to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Kevin McCarthy in the 2024 election cycle. Fong, a Bakersfield native and prominent figure in California politics, retracted his initial decision to not run for California's 20th Congressional District, underscoring his belief in the necessity for conservative representation in Congress to advocate for the needs of the Central Valley.

With a political career that began under Bill Thomas and continued as McCarthy's district director, Fong has cultivated extensive experience in legislative affairs, which he further honed after his election to the California State Assembly in 2016. His tenure in the Assembly, characterized by his vice-chairmanship of the budget committee, has been marked by a commitment to public safety, water issues, and fiscal conservatism.

Despite the challenges Republicans face in the Democrat-controlled California state Capitol, Fong's representation aligns with about 60% of the voters in the 20th Congressional District. He has articulated clear policy priorities, including the defense of Central Valley’s vital water and energy resources, staunch border security, and a firm opposition to new taxes and irresponsible fiscal practices.

The political field for McCarthy's soon-to-be-vacant seat is shaping up as California Sen. Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) opts out of the race, instead choosing to complete her Senate term through 2026. With the deadline for candidacy submissions fast approaching, Fong's announcement comes at a critical juncture.

In parallel, the Republican presidential race is heating up with Vivek Ramaswamy, a multi-millionaire biotech entrepreneur and first-time political candidate, asserting that polls are undervaluing his voter support. Although a new poll in Iowa shows him with five percent support among likely Republican presidential caucus-goers, Ramaswamy expresses confidence in his "America First 2.0" platform and aims to create a stir in the upcoming Iowa caucuses, the first votes of the GOP presidential race.

Ramaswamy's vigorous campaign efforts are evident as he outpaces rivals in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. Despite doubts from figures like New Hampshire-based GOP consultant Mike Dennehy regarding Ramaswamy's potential due to his Trump alignment, the candidate remains undeterred. At a recent event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Ramaswamy's support was palpable, even as some attendees' loyalties skewed towards Trump.

As the political season unfolds, both Fong and Ramaswamy are setting their sights on surpassing expectations and securing victories in their respective races by championing the values they believe will resonate with their constituents.

Conservative Bias:

Here we have, ladies and gentlemen, a shining beacon of hope in the form of Vince Fong, stepping up to the plate to rescue the good people of California's 20th Congressional District from the clutches of the liberal agenda that's been choking the life out of the Central Valley. Finally, someone with the guts to stand up for what's right, to protect our borders, our wallets, and our water. And let's not forget about Vivek Ramaswamy, a true patriot ready to inject some much-needed common sense into the presidential race with his "America First 2.0" platform. While the liberal media and their pollsters try to downplay his support, the people on the ground know better. They're tired of the left's destructive policies and are rallying behind real leaders who will put America back on track. It's time to take back our country, folks, and with Fong and Ramaswamy at the helm, we're on the right path.

Liberal Bias:

Once again, we're witnessing the relentless ambition of the GOP as Vince Fong throws his hat in the ring for McCarthy's seat, no doubt to continue the Republican legacy of neglect and disregard for the needs of the many in favor of the few. And in the presidential race, we have Vivek Ramaswamy, a millionaire with zero political experience, trying to charm his way into the hearts of voters with empty promises and a so-called "America First 2.0" agenda. Despite the clear signs from the polls and the skepticism of seasoned GOP consultants, Ramaswamy and his ilk press on, blinded by their own arrogance. It's a dangerous time for our nation, as these conservative candidates peddle their regressive and exclusionary policies, threatening to roll back years of progress. The fight continues to protect our democracy from those who would sacrifice it on the altar of conservatism.

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