• Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Newsom nemesis Kevin Kiley vows to turn DC upside down as California’s newest member of the House of Representatives

The biggest thorn in California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s side is now en route to Congress as part of the Golden State’s mini-red wave.

For the past six years, Rep. Kevin Kiley has stalked Newsom and Liberal lawmakers on everything from gas taxes to school closures to overspending. He launched a campaign against a health insurance bill that burst into flames and gave the GOP a rare win in the state.


The unconventional conservative was arguably the lone voice on social media blasting the Democratic supermajority machine over all the ills plaguing California. Now, Kiley says he’s ready to do the same with the Biden administration and any member of Congress who joins outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

“These have been a terrible last two years for our country, everything has gone in the wrong direction in terms of public safety, immigration and the economy,” said Kiley, 37 Washington Examiner. “We have to put the country on the right track.”

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Houseman and Republican congressional candidate Kevin Kiley speaks outside Manual Arts High School on September 13, 2021 in Los Angeles.

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He’s been on a nonstop crusade this year to cut gas costs, tabled multiple bills to scrap gas taxes like other blue states have done. All his laws died in committee.

“Newsom says oil companies are ‘rip off’ you. It’s his government that’s ripping us off. Californians pay the highest gas taxes and drive the worst roads,” Kiley tweeted in September.

Kiley has a blunt yet facetious way of speaking to the electorate that saw him win two general elections and then edge past congressional rival Kermit Jones, a Democrat, by a margin of 5 points.

His Twitter feed is full of observations about everyday life he finds intolerable: a state law gagging doctors who speak out about COVID-19, poor test results for schoolchildren, or why the power grid causes blackouts.

He plans to use this direct approach when collaborating with other GOP members who share similar approaches, such as B. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). Kiley also said he will be voting for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to be Speaker of the House.

“I speak to Jim Jordan and many other members of our conference who think the same way when it comes to getting results,” Kiley said. “The economy and immigration are top priorities right now.”

Other items on his to-do list include tracking down corruption at the Justice Department, “what they’re doing to 87,000 IRS officers,” and “failures in health care with COVID.”

“There was no oversight about Pelosi’s guard and that will change soon,” Kiley said.

When asked what committee assignments he would seek, Kiley disagreed, saying he was evaluating the process.

But it’s a safe bet that he’ll use his background as an attorney in some way, like he did as a state assemblyman, to break into legislation and then argue his point to voters.

Since being elected in 2016, Kiley has fought taxation, spending and the downgrading of state laws to clear prisons. But his activism took a few notches when Newsom took office two years later.

In 2021, Kiley became one of the leading drivers of the Newsom recall movement, even writing a book entitled Recall Newsom: The case against America’s most corrupt governor.

Kiley jumped into the recall race, finishing sixth in a crowded pool of candidates wanting to take on the governor’s job if he were voted out. Newsom prevailed with 62% of the vote.

“Why in California, when we sacrifice the most, do we get the least in return?” Kiley said at the time. “We have the worst roads, poverty, homelessness and the safest lockdowns during COVID. The answer is political corruption.”

He then accused Newsom of selling his office to the highest bidder in a June 27, 2021 tweet. Kiley also had a few words for Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA).

“Newsom-appointed Sen. Alex Padilla says the recall ‘threatens our values.’ He’s right. It’s a vital threat to a decadent political class that values ​​nothing but their own power,” Kiley tweeted.

Leaving California politics for a bigger stage, the question now for the state’s outnumbered conservative base is: who will fill the hole?


Kiley ticked off the names of several MPs who he said are up for the fight along with several newly elected members.

“I know there will be a constitutional battle at the State Capitol and I hope to support that effort as much as I can,” he said. “I want to continue to draw attention to the state government in California.”