Paso Robles man challenges Congressman McCarthy
October 6, 2010
A Paso Robles man has launched a write-in campaign challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield for a chance to represent the 22nd Congressional District. [Bakersfield.com]
John Uebersax said he is running on a platform of ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Americans have been lied to continually about Iraq and Afghanistan,” Uebersax says on his website. “These wars have devastated the American economy, morale, and way of life. It’s time to reclaim our country. The first step is to end the wars. Then, when we can see clearly again, we can address our domestic challenges.”
Uebersax, who calls himself a “green libertarian,” is McCarthy’s only challenger. The Paso Robles scientist said he decided to run after he was denied a chance to talk with McCarthy about the war in Afghanistan.
McCarthy said he is focusing his time on battling a Democrat-controlled Congress.
“I am fighting against the policies of a Democrat-controlled Congress and a White House that is overspending and growing our nation’s debt,” McCarthy said in response to Uebersax. “We need to limit the size and cost of government so our entrepreneurs and small businesses can innovate and create jobs. These are the concerns that I am hearing from my constituents in the 22nd District, and I agree so that is how I am spending my time and effort.”
If the Secretary of State’s office certifies Uebersax’s candidacy, which would happen later this month, voters would have to write Uebersax’s name on the ballot to vote for him.