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Trump Backs Fong in Race for McCarthy's Old Congressional Seat
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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February 20, 2024

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Former President Donald Trump endorses Bakersfield Republican Vince Fong in CA-20 congressional race.

Fong says he is “honored” by Trump’s backing.

Fong also has the endorsement of former seat-holder Kevin McCarthy.


Vince Fong received a major endorsement in his run for Congress — former President Donald Trump.

Trump made the announcement on his Truth Social site.

“Vince was one of only 6 Republicans in the State Assembly to stand with me, and reject the Second Impeachment Hoax. In Congress, Vince will work with me to Grow the Economy, Lower your Taxes, Cut Burdensome Regulations, Champion American Energy, and Protect and Defend the Second Amendment, which is under siege by the Radical Left,” Trump wrote.  “I am proud to join California’s Republican Congressional Delegation, and give Vince Fong my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Fong, R-Bakersfield, is running in both the regular election on March 5 and a special election on March 19 to replace former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, who resigned on Dec. 31.

Fong, in a news release, said he was “honored” by the endorsement.

“I look forward to serving alongside President Trump and working with him to secure the border, protect our national security, and grow our economy. The Central Valley has had enough of the failures of the Biden administration. We are ready to once again have leaders in DC, like President Trump, that will fight for our interests and values,” Fong said.

Elections March 5, 19

Fong, a three-term Assemblyman representing parts of Kern and Tulare counties, already received the endorsement of McCarthy. Fong worked as McCarthy’s district director before winning election in 2016.

Eleven candidates will be on the March 5 ballot for the term that starts Jan. 3, 2025. Top contenders are Fong, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux, R-Springville; Club One Casino owner Kyle Kirkland, R-Clovis; and educator Marisa Wood, D-Bakersfield.

Boudreaux recently received the endorsement of Clovis businessman David Giglio, a fellow Republican who dropped out of the race.

The top two vote earners will advance to the Nov. 5 general election, regardless of party or the result of the special election.

To fill the remainder of the term, nine candidates are running on March 19. Fong, Boudreaux, Kirkland, and Wood are running as well. If no candidate receives a majority, the top two advance to a May 21 runoff. The winner is likely to be seated in Washington shortly after the election results are known.

Fong also faces the prospect that he may be kicked off the ballot, even after the March 5 election. California Secretary of State Shirley Weber is challenging Fong’s eligibility — since he also qualified to run for Assembly re-election. State law has been interpreted that a candidate can only run for one position per election.

Weber initially barred Fong from running for Congress, but he sued and a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled in his favor. Weber appealed, but that decision may not come until after March 5. The decision would not prevent Fong from running in the special election.

 

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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