Actor Launches Challenge to Kevin McCarthy for Bakersfield Congressional Seat
Actor Bruno Amato has announced his intention to run against U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) in the 2022 election.
“I’m running to stand up for the little guy,” Amato said in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday. “It’s been a tough year. Jobs lost, lives lost, people struggling to keep a roof over their head and feed their families and get their kids back to school. My top priorities will be jobs, good jobs with good wages, and healthcare for everyone, affordable healthcare. My opponent Kevin McCarthy hasn’t done a good job for this district.”
As an actor, Amato has over 100 film and TV credits to his name, including “Horrible Bosses 2” and a recurring role as Uncle Louie on “American Housewife.”
Amato who is running as a Democrat. According to his website, he is the son of Italian immigrants, enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17, where he worked as a torpedoman loading and unloading torpedoes onto submarines. His campaign biography says he worked in an ironworker’s union before pursuing his dream to become an actor.
McCarthy most recently defeated candidate Kim Mangone, winning a comfortable 62.1% of the vote in California’s 23rd Congressional District. McCarthy has held the seat since 2006.