The oldest Republican in the House lives in Washington DC with a high-profile Republican pollster, it emerged on Mondays – which gives rise to serious questions about the unusual arrangement.
Kevin McCarthy is staying in the Penn Quarter apartment owned by Frank Luntz.
Luntz, 59, runs a successful Republican opinion and communications company, but stated in January that he could no longer call himself a Republican.
His stance has infuriated Tucker Carlson, with the Fox News host blaming Luntz for driving a wedge between Republican voters and their leaders.
On Friday, Carlson said senior Republicans were no longer affiliated with their supporters, in part because they listened to “conventional liberals” like Luntz, who he accused of serving “left-wing businesses.”
Monday night, Carlson revealed that McCarthy lived with Luntz.
Frank Luntz, 59, owns an apartment in Washington DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, where McCarthy resides
McCarthy, 56, currently lives in Luntz’s DC home, his spokeswoman confirmed to Fox News
Frank Luntz (right) and Kevin McCarthy (left) with Tony Blair at the White House in September
A spokesman for the 56-year-old California representative told Carlson, “Because of the pandemic, McCarthy rented a room in Washington at a fair market price from Frank.”
Carlson said Luntz, who is not a registered lobbyist, is “lobbying on behalf of the world’s left-most companies,” citing Google, Nike and Delta Airlines.
He said he was “in fact a Democrat.”
He also advises the leadership of the Republican Party.
In real life, his views are nothing like the views of real Republican voters.
So the question is, how did someone like this get into the Republican Party? Why do they listen to someone like Frank Luntz instead of their own constituents? ‘
Carlson said Luntz was “in fact a Democrat,” advising Republican leaders
He said Luntz works for companies that oppose the Republican Party.
Carlson said the Republican leaders’ association with Luntz is due in part to his “particularly close relationship” with McCarthy, who Luntz described as “a personal friend.”
So Luntz is the personal friend of the top Republican in the House.
Apparently we didn’t know half of it.
They’re not just personal friends, they’re roommates. Kevin McCarthy lives in Frank Luntz’s apartment in downtown Washington DC. ‘
McCarthy and his wife Judy are pictured at a state dinner for Emmanuel Macron from France
Kevin and Judy McCarthy, whose principal residence is in Bakersfield, California
McCarthy, who married his high school sweetheart Judy, still lives in the first house they bought together in Bakersfield, California. In the house they raised their two children, Connor and Meghan.
Most members of Congress rent or buy real estate in Washington DC for when Congress meets. Some stay in hotels, but most avoid staying with friends for concerns about ethical rules prohibiting the acceptance of gifts.
McCarthy’s arrangement seems unusual, but his spokesman said he paid the going rate to avoid conflict of interest charges. The going rate would be about $ 5,000 per month.
Carlson added, “The best Republican in the House lives with a Google lobbyist? Come on.
Even by the filthy and corrupt norms of Washington politics, that didn’t seem possible. It even sounded like a joke. ‘
He said McCarthy’s spokesman had laughed at the suggestion that he lived with Luntz – before calling back to confirm it was true.
The Penn Quarter in Washington DC, where McCarthy stays with Luntz
Tucker Carlson (left) says Republican lawmakers are partly disconnected from their supporters because they listen to “conventional liberals” like Frank Luntz (right), who he accused of serving “left-wing companies” like Google.
Carlson turned to the veteran GOP pollster after Axios quoted him last week, “Republicans are more pro-immigrant than elites realize.”
Luntz said he led focus groups of potential voters and that he got the impression that the gap between Democrats and Republicans on hot-button issues like immigration and border security is not as wide as thought.
Carlson ridiculed Luntz on Friday for suggesting that Republicans support granting Dreamers permanent legal status, or undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as young children.
The Fox News host attacked Luntz for suggesting that “Republican voters are in fact out to grant amnesty to as many foreigners as possible.”
Carlson said sarcastically, “They demand it right away!”
He then played a clip of an interview with Luntz in which the pollster says Trump supporters are in favor of providing the Dreamers with a ‘path to citizenship’.
Carlson accused Luntz of taking the same stance on immigration as Google’s, and that his views were applauded by “open-border activists.”
Luntz is ‘toadying for big corporations’ like Purdue Pharma, the maker of the highly addictive pain reliever OxyContin, which has been blamed for helping fuel the opioid epidemic.
Last year, Luntz revealed that Biden “ came up to me and gave me the biggest hug ” after learning that the pollster suffered a stroke while leading a focus group in New Hampshire last January.
“Joe Biden is a nice man,” Luntz told MSNBC in October.
‘He’s a decent man. He has been through hell himself several times. ‘
Luntz responded to Friday’s portion of Carlson’s show by tweeting, “That explains all the angry, misspelled messages in my inbox tonight.”