McCarthy, who is married to House Majority Leader
"She sold us on being able to do the job and she was really excellent," Bryant said, adding that she wasn't sure of the connection when she first reviewed her résumé. "Is this my
"She went through the normal process," she added. "But she happens to have a famous husband."
Candidates for years have courted controversy by having their spouses or other family work on on campaigns in an official capacity. Rep.
Still, the McCarthy name carries considerable weight with Republican donors. Before rising in
"It's a real job and she does real work," Bryant said.
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STATE OF UNION: President
DEMOCRATS DEBATE: Democratic gubernatorial candidates
WORTH REPEATING: "Is that applause for me, or my kids, or my wife? You better not forget her." -- Assemblyman
EQUALITY BACKS NEWSOM: Equality California, the LGBT organization, today will announce its endorsement of Newsom for governor. As mayor of
"He not only stood up boldly and publicly for marriage equality when it was not supported by a majority of Californians and when doing so presented significant political risks," Equality California's
REPUBLICANS CLASH: Two of the three
Added Team Cox: "Much of the recent money
FOLLOW-UP: Following up on last week's debate, where moderator
TUCK'S WALTON WOES:
Tuck, however, on
The return also came well after Thurmond's campaign, on
Blumenfeld said Monday that he first learned about the Ahmanson-Proposition 8 connection from the Thurmond campaign. He said he did some research over the next few days, shared it with Tuck, and then was instructed to return the contribution.
Shortly after Tuck announced he would return the money, Thurmond issued a statement introducing a bill to provide for the training of educators in support of LGBT students.
Following the Ahmanson dust-up, Tuck's campaign mistakenly attributed a
Blumenfeld said the campaign made a mistake. "We fixed it as soon as we saw it, and if you scroll through any campaign's filings you will see amendments are filed all the time," he said.
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