Bakersfield · Politics

Actor Amato first Democrat to launch 2022 challenge to McCarthy

Actor Bruno Amato (D-Bakersfield) announced his candidacy Thursday for California’s 23rd Congressional District.

A Navy veteran, Amato said he is “taking on Kevin McCarthy to bring better leadership to my community in the Central Valley.”

The son of Italian immigrants and a member of SAG/AFTRA, Amato said he was “horrified by the events that unfolded on January 6th, 2021,” and was disheartened with how McCarthy responded to the Jan. 6 riot at the capitol.

“Even this unprecedented breach of our democracy wasn’t enough to convince Republican Kevin McCarthy to put our nation’s interests ahead of his own,” Amato stated as he declared candidacy. “In fact, in the days leading up to the riot, McCarthy was spreading lies about the results of the election, falsely claiming Donald Trump had won, egging on the rioters who eventually stormed the Capitol,” Amato stated.

Amato criticized McCarthy for not hosting an “in-person town hall in ten years.”

If elected, Amato, a former ironworker, said he would prioritize union jobs, affordable healthcare, and “repairing the torn fabric of our democracy.”

Not to be outdone, Amato faces some unique challenges out-of-the-gate.

Hours after Amato announced his candidacy, two websites using his name – BrunoAmatoForCongress.com and AmatoForCongress.com – were pointing visitors to McCarthy’s campaign website.

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The San Joaquin Valley Sun
Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.