NEWPORT BEACH, CA – – Today, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy endorsed Scott Baugh for Congress in California’s new 47th District.
“I am very pleased to receive this early endorsement from the Republican leader and soon-to-be Speaker of the House,” said Baugh. “Kevin and I have worked together on numerous political projects over the years and I look forward to continuing that relationship next year as a member of his new majority in the House of Representatives. There is much work to be done. Katie Porter and her fellow socialists in Congress are causing inflation and hurting working-class families with spending programs that harm our economy and push our nation further into debt. Her penchant for tax increases and spending binges are simply destructive,” said Baugh.
“This significant, early endorsement from the Republican Leader establishes Scott Baugh as the prohibitive favorite to win the Primary and helps to set him up to defeat Katie Porter in November,” said Jon Fleischman, Publisher of the FlashReport and former Executive Director of the California Republican Party.
Earlier this week Baugh announced that he had raised over $519,000 in nine days after he announced his candidacy shortly before Christmas. He is running in the newly drawn 47th District, which includes his home city of Huntington Beach, as well as Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal Beach and Irvine as well as parts of Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, and Laguna Woods. Rep. Michelle Steel currently represents two-thirds of the district, while Rep. Katie Porter represents about one-third.
Scott Baugh is an Orange County attorney and business owner. He is the former Chairman of the Orange County Republican Party and former Assembly Republican Leader. He is an active member of the community, having founded the OC Marathon Foundation, a local charity that has helped teach 40,000 young people about exercise and nutrition. Scott also serves as Chairman of the Gang Reduction Intervention Program (GRIP) that works with law enforcement throughout the county to keep kids out of gangs. He is a trustee at Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County. Scott and his wife Wendy, live in Huntington Beach. He has lived in the district for over 30 years.