Former employees writing in defense of one’s former boss are often viewed with a jaundiced eye. However, in my case long before I called Kevin McCarthy my boss, I called him my friend. His accomplishments, not only as a legislator, but also as a husband and father, should serve as an example to all. What you may refer to as “homespun,” I and many others see as a narrative that inspires and encourages.
The article in the Washington Post attempts to paint Kevin in a negative light, citing alleged discrepancies with his story. The same basic story before the Post’s scrutiny is the same basic story after: Kevin won the lottery before he was 21; invested it, which helped him open a deli; worked long days trying to grow a business; and then sold his deli so he had the means to finish college. The Post grudgingly acknowledged that after interviewing people who worked and knew Kevin and the deli at that time; but our very own Tribune unsurprisingly omits any mention of that in its editorial.
Perhaps The Tribune does not care for the humble lessons learned by a politician in his younger days. But others do. Many who have tried to follow their entrepreneurial dreams — successfully or unsuccessfully — can relate to Kevin’s experience.
Instead of tossing Kevin “a brickbat on rye,” you really should have tossed the editorial baloney on this one.
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Mike Whiteford, Santa Margarita