KEVIN McCARTHY’S RECRUITS: Mayor Eric Bruen is the Latest “Friend of Kevin” in Ridgecrest (Stuck in the Middle with You)

June 10, 2022

Ridgecrest, California (CA District 20)

(Political Analysis)

Congressman Kevin McCarthy owns California’s newly redrawn 20th Congressional District. In a redistricting gift, McCarthy ended up with a district that added nearly 5% to the number of registered Republicans in the 20th compared to his old 23rd district lines.

The politial power structure that Congressman McCarthy inherited from his predecessor, Congressman Bill Thomas, was already in place when McCarthy was first elected in the 2006 mid-term election prior to the election of Barack Obama.

The first 14 years of McCarthy’s tenure in Congress included the Great Financial Crisis, eight years of identity politics and malaise under former President Obama, and four years of vicious attacks on the Presidency of Donald Trump. It’s only getting worse under Biden.

By now, Kevin McCarthy knows the truth about “Russiagate” and the widespread election fraud in 2020. Though he may not speak truth all the time, he did a pretty good job speaking truth for over 8 hours just last year:

Today, neocons and neoliberals from coast to coast are singing cumbaya and back in style, opening a new war-front in Ukraine like it’s an exciting new business opportunity. Trump is finally out of the way, MAGA is on trial for “insurrection”, parents of kids in public schools are on FBI watch lists, Afghanistan is behind us along with $85 Billion in hardware, and Congress just sent over $40 Billion of your money to Zelensky in Ukraine with McCarthy’s support. Only 57 Republicans could muster the courage to vote against the bill, with all Democrats voting in favor.

As well, the notorious psycho-pair Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff are still at it after being exposed as complete frauds by Special Prosecutor John Durham. Pelosi is currently 2nd in line for the Presidency after Kamala Harris and the world is in serious trouble.

The clown-show-trial currently underway in the hallowed chambers of the Capitol is led by Liz Cheney, one of Kevin’s many former “friends”. Former Trump officials like Dr. Peter Navarro are being arrested and thrown in jail cells wearing leg-irons.

How distorted does all this seem to rational observers and Trump Republicans in McCarthy’s California District 20?

Abernathy dominated Kern County politics with conservative passion – by James Burger, January 29, 2018

  • Mark Abernathy, the most powerful and effective political consultant in Kern County for more than 30 years, died Saturday, leaving a larger-than-life gap in the county’s political universe. He powered scores of Republican candidates into office and built one of the most effective young Republican organizations in California.
  • Among a long list of his current clients and friends are U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, state Sen. Jean Fuller, state Assemblyman Vince Fong, former state Assemblywoman (now Senator) Shannon Grove, Kern County Supervisors Mick Gleason (now Phillip Peters) and Zack Scrivner, Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh and Bakersfield City Council members Ken Weir, Jacquie Sullivan and Bruce Freeman.

In the simplest terms, the legacy of Congressman Thomas is still the domain of the legendary “Abernathy Group” from Bakersfield, California. It’s fair to say that Kevin McCarthy was steeped in power politics from the day he met Bill Thomas.

It’s also clear that Congressman McCarthy saved President Trump’s presidency by allowing him to turn over the White House to Biden on January 20th, and why “my Kevin” is the reason President Trump remains the most powerful figure in American politics today. Trump was right about everything and the Biden regime has turned out to be a complete and utter disaster for the United States and the world.

McCarthy gave one of the his best speeches on the floor of the House during the first impeachment trial of President Trump, and McCarthy is why Trump is still lurking behind the censored shadows of the mainstream media’s cesspool, ready to return to his rightful place as President of the United States.

Former Congressman Bill Thomas (R-California), an “acerbic”, “mean” and “intimidating” Trump-hater (Screen Grab from KGET)

Stabbed in the Back By Liz and Bill

As a prelude to an upcoming post on Congressman McCarthy’s rise in politics, take a few minutes to watch McCarthy’ mentor, friend and Trump-hater Bill Thomas stab McCarthy in the back immediately after the “insurrection” at the Capitol. During the same time period, someone was recording Congressman McCarthy’s private calls with Republican leadership in the days after the January 6th protests at the Capitol in Washington D.C.

WATCH: Capitol Chaos – A conversation with former Congressman Bill Thomas. January 15, 2021 via

Deep State West – (Eastern Kern Region)

Bakersfield is Kevin McCarthy’s hometown, where his mentor and former congressman Bill Thomas stabbed him in the back for supporting President Trump. On January 11, 2021, McCarthy was busy defending and deflecting a 2nd impeachment trial as well as attempts to force Trump’s removal from office under the 25th Amendment. All of this occured prior to Biden’s fenced-off “inauguration” on January 20th.

The politics in Kevin McCarthy’s 20th District are an almalgamation of hard-core Bush neocons as well as neoliberals of the Diane Feinstein variety, where endless war is a good thing for business in a state with 32 military bases and billions of dollars in DOD contracts. However, Kern County is MAGA country. Shhh. Don’t tell anybody.

January 6th was all a staged show, a false-flag operation, complete with federal agents, informants and other assorted instigators and rabble-rousers, with pipe bombs planted near both the offices of the Republican and Democrat parties for effect.

Among the usual suspects, such as the FBI and Antifa, we saw what amounted to a bunch of college students tearing down the goalposts after a great victory, egged on by such characters as the now notorious Ray Epps, as well as the DC Capitol Police opening the doors to the Capitol and waving the protesters thru as they entered the Rotunda. And yes, there was cold-blooded murder.

For more information on the FBI and Ray Epps, see this and this courtesy of

It’s hard to imaging living in a “Company Town” like Ridgecrest, which is dominated by the Abernathy group, Bill Thomas, and Kevin McCarthy, and where everyone is “owned” by the Democrat’s left-wing in Gavin Newsom’s “nation-state” of California. Kern County’s right-wing Cheney Republicans and big-spenders are a blessing.

That’s where we are in Ridgecrest, stuck in the middle of it all.

It gets worse.

Recruitment and Retention in Ridgecrest

Enter Mayor Eric “Build Like Hell” Bruen, Kevin McCarthy’s Latest Recruit

Yep, it’s all about me! We love vax mandates. You have the freedom to go another credit union or hospital!

Sigh. We could’ve waited until August for the local election campaigns to begin.

We’ll cover these local issues and more going into the mid-term elections, so bookmark or subscribe if you’d like to follow along. And we’ll also profile in detail why we think Congressman McCarthy might have jumped ship from the neocon-uniparty establishment and why he might, just might, be a true red white and blue member of UltraMAGA. We hear the LOL’s.

So why would Kevin McCarthy endorse someone like Eric “vax mandate” Bruen, President and CEO of Desert Valley’s Federal Credit Union, a very small single-office credit union in Ridgecrest that doubles as an RV sales lot? LOL again. This is very confusing and we’ll try to sort it out later.

Here’s a premature eljection-season introduction to Mayor Eric Bruen

“I expect to be a controversial person in this community” — Mayor Eric Bruen, January 7th, 2021 (The day after Jan 6th. Joker or Clown?)

  • Mayor Eric Bruen is just the latest in the Abernathy and McCarthy bloodline following former Mayor Peggy Breeden and former Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason. Current Supervisor Phillip Peters is also a McCarthy recruit.
  • Mayor Bruen may not even be a real Republican, though he’s apparently registered as one. Either way, he’s been a short disaster in just 16 months, and he’s already announced his run for re-election, three months before the campaign season for municipal elections begins.
  • Finally, Mayor Bruen is indeed a political wannabe, and a self-serving one at that. Everyone now knows how he and his credit union were able to lobby Congress for a payraise at China Lake and how “we worked those relationships” to save China Lake after the earthquakes and before he was elected.
Eric Bruen’s First Speech as Mayor of Ridgecrest, January 7, 2020

Mayor Eric Bruen on how “we” saved the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake:

… I can tell the $3.7 billion worth of reconstruction that is happening on our base right now is the direct result of the relationship that Peggy Breeden, Kevin McCarthy, Senator Diane Feinstein and so many other people had to ensure the protection of this community following the July 2019 earthquakes. And that happens because we work those relationships.”

Mayor Eric Bruen, June 1, 2022 via The Daily Independent
Congressman Kevin McCarthy was seen sporting a Burroughs Kelly Green Polo Shirt in Ridgecrest, California this last weekend. The GOP Leader was in town for the 9/11/21 “Parade of 1000 Flags”. Also pictured are Mayor Eric Bruen (On Left, with right hand on Congressman McCarthy’s right shoulder), and Councilmember Kyle “Navy Cool” Blades in the background. Yes, we will have a caption contest.


Here’s a tune setting-up an upcoming Post on Kevin McCarthy’s life in politics (with apologies to Stealers Wheel)

Stuck in the Middle with You. Stealers Wheel (1973)

Clowns to the left of me Jokers to the right Here I am

“Stuck in the Middle with You”

And here, we give thanks to Bill and the National Debt

  • Former Congressman Bill Thomas could see the writing on the wall, and he helped create the cliff.
  • When Bill Thomas entered Congress, the National Debt had not yet reached one trillion dollars. When Bill left Congress in 2006, it was $20 trillion. Today, it’s $30 trillion.
  • As a former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, it’s fair to call the National Debt a significant legacy of former Congressman Bill Thomas from Bakersfield…

Thanks Bill

Frequently heard from the 1973 Mighty Burros at Burroughs High School:

“If I were to give an enema to the State of California I’d stick it right in Bakersfield.” (Know you know why)


Secret Question for the Secret City

Shhh. Don’t tell anyone anything. See something say something.

Question: Was Trump’s first impeachment trial due to:

a) Collaborating with Russians

b) His support for White Supremecy and “very fine people”

c) “A perfect phone call”

d) Promoting the “big lie”

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone!

Talk to these folks.

cc: IWVEDC, CHINA LAKE MUSEUM FOUNDATION, RIDGECREST CITY COUNCIL, The News Review, Pat Farris Publisher, Exchange Club, Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Kiwanis, SSUSD, Peggy Breeden, Mick Gleason, Mike Mower

File under: Abernathy Group, Recruitment and Retention, Mask and Vax Mandates, Taxed Enough Already, Navy-centric Leadership Failure, Volunteerism? $Company Town, $Build Like Hell, $East Kern, SGMA, IWVGA, FRWR, $AVEK $AVEK $AVEK


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