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Overcame childhood speech defect via ten years' effort

McCarthy liked to emphasize his entrepreneurial past--that of a Bakersfield fireman's son who at the age of 12 was making money sorting bottles at the neighborhood convenience store, using the proceeds to pay for a vacation to Lake Tahoe for his entire family. (He tended to omit from his narrative that he had been born with a speech defect--that for the first 10 or so years of his life, he could not pronounce the first letter of the party he now helped lead.) McCarthy's brother Mark had been born with glaucoma, necessitating 2 dozen eye surgeries before he was 2 years old. McCarthy's father had quit a higher-paying job to become a fireman so as to be eligible for public-employee health insurance to pay for his children's difficulties--something else McCarthy did not volunteer.)
Source: Do Not Ask What Good We Do, by Robert Draper, p. 79 , Apr 24, 2012

Christened "Young Guns" in 2007 in "Weekly Standard" article

The new generation of pro-market, small government leaders filled such a need that in October 2007, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard profiled Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy and christened them the "young guns."

Kevin approached Eri & Paul about the idea of traveling together, as "Young Guns", to visit Republican candidates interested in a new approach for the party.

What began as an informal way to support like-minded candidates became a more formal structure. Once we had studie the candidate and given him or her our support to become a Young Gun, we committed to providing financial support through our campaign committees.

We knew we weren't the only House Republicans eager to change our party, so we began approaching our colleagues with a simple pitch: Are we willing to help ourselves by being proactive and going on the offense to change this House? Dozens of our House Republican colleagues joined our Young Gun effort as one of the many signs that our party had shifted.

Source: Young Guns, by Reps. Ryan, Cantor & McCarthy, p.155-156 , Sep 14, 2010

Led 2010 effort for electable reformist Republicans

I met McCarthy in 2004 when he was the Republican leader in the California legislature. McCarthy is an expert on how to win House races. He dropped by my office several months after the Republican debacle in 2006. He'd just been elected to his first term He was already working on a strategy for political recovery. In 2010, he led the effort to recruit electable Republican House candidates. McCarthy's favorites? Candidates fresh to politics and bursting with enthusiasm about reforming Washington.
Source: Young Guns, by Reps. Ryan, Cantor & McCarthy, p. x , Sep 14, 2010

Strategist of the "Young Guns" conservative movement

McCarthy was elected in 2006. He had campaigned for many of his Republican colleagues and was familiar with most of the others. In 2008, Rep. Cantor tapped McCarthy as his chief deputy whip.

What prompted Cantor, Rep. Ryan and McCarthy to come together was a story in "The Weekly Standard" (with separate profiles on each of them). They appeared on the cover in a photo taken on a Capitol balcony overlooking the Mall. They knew each other as members of the embattled Republican caucus that had lost control of the House in the disastrous 2006 mid-term election. But they hadn't realized their individual skills were remarkably complimentary: Cantor the leader, Ryan the thinker, McCarthy the strategist. Some of us at "The Weekly Standard" had noticed this. Thus the cover story.

The party establishment was dedicated to protecting incumbents at all cost. Cantor, Ryan and McCarthy would like to fill the ranks of House Republicans with members like themselves. Young Guns is not for "me-too" Republicans.

Source: Young Guns, by Reps. Ryan, Cantor & McCarthy, p. vii-ix , Sep 14, 2010

2009: Tea Party roadtrip to recruit candidates

In 2009. the Tea Party protests and the health-care town hall meeting happened. I joined Rep. Lynn Westmoreland on a road trip across America to visit districts and recruit candidates.

There was one person who caught my eye when we were recruiting in Tennessee: Stephen Fincher. After we met, he decided to run for Congress in against Rep. John Tanner, an entrenched incumbent who hadn't faced serious opposition since 1994. [After Fincher gained momentum], Tanner announced he would not seek reelection!

Source: Young Guns, by Reps. Ryan, Cantor & McCarthy, p.172-174 , Sep 14, 2010

Member of the House Republican Young Guns.

McCarthy is a member House Republican Young Guns

The new generation of pro-market, small government leaders filled such a need that in October 2007, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard profiled Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy and christened them the "young guns."

Kevin approached Eric & Paul about the idea of traveling together, as "Young Guns", to visit Republican candidates interested in a new approach for the party.

What began as an informal way to support like-minded candidates became a more formal structure. Once the three Representatives had studied the candidate and given their support to become a Young Gun, they committed to providing financial support through their campaign committees.

Existing House Republicans were approached with a simple pitch: Are we willing to help ourselves by being proactive and going on the offense to change this House? Dozens of our House Republican colleagues joined the Young Gun effort as one of the many signs that the Republican Party had shifted.

Source: Young Guns 10-HRYG on Sep 14, 2010

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