Fresno Council Aide Hopes to ‘Burrow’ His Way Past McCarthy
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has drawn a second opponent for the 2024 election. Unlike Andy Morales who announced last week, John Burrows has the support of the local Democratic Party establishment.
Burrows, 28 of Fresno, is familiar to local journalists. He is the spokesman for Fresno City Councilman Nelson Esparza. That means Burrows is experienced in political speak and literally blocking reporters’ access to the story.
“Kevin McCarthy is out of touch with the everyday struggles of the Central Valley. As a successful entrepreneur and experienced public servant, I have a deep understanding of the local economy and am committed to working with lawmakers from both parties to deliver results for the hardworking families of the Central Valley,” Burrows said in a news release.
Burrows was by Esparza’s side during the latter’s attempted extortion court case last year. When this reporter attempted to take photos of Esparza, the tall Burrows literally placed his body in front of his boss to physically impede GV Wire from exercising its First Amendment rights.
Does He Have a Chance?
This will be Burrows’ first foray into running for office. He has the backing of several elected leaders, including five on the Fresno City Council, including his boss Esparza.
Even with first-day momentum, the chance that Burrows or any Democrat topples McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, is slim. McCarthy won election last November with 68% of the vote. He raised $28 million, compared to Democratic opponent Marisa Wood, who raised $1 million.
This could be a long game for Democrats. The odds are against a 2024 victory, but they may be looking down the road at 2030 or beyond. Chipping away a 36-point loss in four election cycles, plus another redistricting by 2032 seems to be the goal.
Last week, Fresno security guard Andy Morales announced he is running as well. McCarthy won his ninth term in office in 2022. With redistricting, the 20th Congressional District he now represents covers Clovis and parts of Fresno.
The primary is March 5, 2024.
🚨BIG NEWS: I am proud to announce that I am running to defeat Kevin McCarthy in 2024.
Kevin McCarthy has abandoned Americans and residents of my district. While he panders to far-right interests, I am ready to govern for all residents of California. Join me, and let’s win this. pic.twitter.com/TwnfvcHrjy
— John Burrows (@JohnBurrowsCA) February 2, 2023
Maxwell: Help Wanted
Fresno City Council president Tyler Maxwell is hiring. He is looking for a policy director and a deputy district director.
And who says government work doesn’t pay? The policy director position pays $65,000 to $70,000. Deputy district director starts at $50,000.
There’s still time to apply! Our office is looking to hire a Policy Director and a Deputy District Director. Both positions are salaried and full-time w/ benefits. If interested submit PDF copies of your resume, cover letter & 3 professional references to Laura.Garcia@fresno.gov. pic.twitter.com/YuMuVoLMEo
— Tyler Maxwell (@Maxwell4Fresno) February 2, 2023