GOP group buys up billboards to slam McCarthy in his hometown

  • A group of Republicans bought billboards in the district from Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
  • Billboards accuse McCarthy of lying about the Capitol riot.
  • They allude to leaked audio tapes in which McCarthy was heard slamming Trump in private.

A Republican group has bought billboards in Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s California neighborhood, accusing him of lying about the Capitol riot.

“We heard the tapes, Kevin,” read the billboards. “Stop lying about January 6.”

The group posted an image of one of the billboards on their Twitter page, with the caption: “Hey @GOPLader, one of your constituents sent us this photo. If you see one yourself, tag us and we’ll retweet it.”

The billboards were funded by the Republican Accountability Project, a group of Republicans including Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

The group placed McCarthy on its GOP “Hall of Shame” list, criticizing the congressman for what it calls “false and/or irresponsible public statements” against democracy, among other things.

“We’re just trying to at least inform the people who vote for him that he’s lying and continues to lie,” group spokesman Barry Rubin told The Washington Post. “When he gets home, there will be people asking him about it.”

Rubin told the Post that the billboards are located about 100 miles north of Los Angeles in six Bakersfield locations and will be up for two weeks.

The billboards allude to a recent scandal involving leaked audio tapes in which McCarthy can be heard criticizing former President Donald Trump and other lawmakers.

In a recorded call, McCarthy called Trump’s behavior during the Capitol riot “unacceptable” and indefensible while saying he had “had it” with the then-president. McCarthy can also be heard saying that Trump acknowledged “some responsibility” for the attack.

Other leaked recordings of McCarthy’s private conversations revealed the congressman’s disgust at the actions of some GOP members. For example, he slammed Rep. Matt Gaetz for making post-riot comments that “put people at risk.”

The recordings also captured McCarthy wondering aloud if some GOP lawmakers might be censored on Twitter and have their accounts taken down.

Responding to comments in the tapes, Gaetz called McCarthy “weak,” while Fox News host Tucker Carlson called McCarthy a “Democratic Party puppet.”

The Republican Accountability Project has waged campaigns against several GOP lawmakers, including a million-dollar poster campaign calling for the resignation of Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, along with house reps McCarthy, Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Madison Cawthorn, Mo Brooks, Elise Stefanik and Louie Gohmert.

The group is also known for putting up billboards in Times Square in October 2021 to remind Trump that he lost the 2020 election.

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