Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy defended renting a room from GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who Tucker Carlson branded on his present as a secret liberal.
‘I did not know the way this was controversial. Frank has been a pal of mine for greater than 30 years,’ McCarthy stated Tuesday on ‘Fox & Buddies’ when requested about his residing state of affairs.
The California Republican identified that he met Luntz alongside GOP Home Speaker Newt Gingrich after they have been engaged on the ‘Contract with American’ within the Nineties.
Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (proper) defended renting a room from GOP pollster Frank Luntz, which Tucker Carlson branded on his present as a secret liberal. He pushed again to Steve Doocy (left) on ‘Fox & Buddies’
McCarthy is renting a D.C. residence from high-profile GOP pollster Frank Luntz (pictured), who has been accused by Tucker Carlson of lobbying on behalf of ‘liberal’ causes
In response to on-line information, Luntz is the registered proprietor of 4 residences on this Penn Quarter constructing. It’s unclear which one of many residences McCarthy lives in
Frank Luntz (proper) and Kevin McCarthy (left) with Tony Blair in September on the White Home
McCarthy recommended that because of Democrats operating the Home, and tighter COVID guidelines, we was compelled from his workplace sofa, the place he normally sleeps, to a Luntz-owned residence in D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood downtown.
A spokesman for the 56-year-old California consultant informed Carlson: ‘Due to the pandemic, McCarthy has rented a room in Washington at a good market worth from Frank.’
In response to on-line property information, Luntz is a registered proprietor of 4 residences within the constructing.
It’s unclear which one of many residences McCarthy lives in.
Luntz, 59, runs a profitable Republican polling and communications firm, however in January declared that he not felt in a position to name himself a Republican.
His stance has enraged Tucker Carlson, with the Fox Information host blaming Luntz for driving a wedge between Republican voters and their leaders.
On Friday Carlson stated senior Republicans have been disconnected from their supporters partly as a result of they take heed to ‘typical liberals’ like Luntz, whom he accused of serving ‘left-wing companies’.
On Monday night time Carlson revealed that McCarthy was residing at Luntz’s residence.
Some members of Congress lease or purchase property in Washington, D.C., for when the physique is in session, whereas others – like McCarthy beforehand did – sleep on their workplace couches.
Most keep away from staying with pals out of concern for ethics guidelines forbidding the acceptance of items.
Carlson stated that Luntz, who will not be a registered lobbyist, ‘lobbies on behalf of the world’s most left-wing corporations,’ citing Google, Nike and Delta airways.
He stated he was ‘successfully a Democrat’.
‘He additionally advises the management of the Republican Social gathering.
‘In actual life, his views bear no resemblance in anyway to the views of precise Republican voters.
‘So the query is – how did somebody like this wind up with a lot affect within the Republican Social gathering? Why do they take heed to somebody like Frank Luntz, quite than their very own voters?’
Carlson stated that Luntz was ‘successfully a Democrat’, who was advising Republican leaders
Carlson stated that Luntz works for corporations that oppose the Republican Social gathering.
Carlson stated that the Republican leaders’ affiliation with Luntz is partly as a result of his being ‘notably shut’ to McCarthy, who Luntz described as ‘a private pal’.
‘So Luntz is the non-public pal of the top-ranking Republican within the Home.
‘Seems, we did not know half of it.
‘Not solely are they private pals – they’re room mates. Kevin McCarthy lives in Frank Luntz’s residence in downtown Washington DC.’
McCarthy, who married his highschool sweetheart, Judy, nonetheless lives within the first home they purchased collectively in Bakersfield, California.
The house is the place they raised their two kids, Connor and Meghan.
McCarthy’s association in Washington seems uncommon, however his spokesman stated he paid the going price, to keep away from conflict-of-interest fees.
The market price can be round $5,000 a month.
Carlson added: ‘The highest Republican within the Home lives with a Google lobbyist? Come on.
‘Even by the sleazy and corrupt requirements of politics in Washington, that did not appear potential. In reality, it appeared like a joke.’
He stated that McCarthy’s spokesman had laughed on the suggestion that he lived with Luntz – earlier than ringing again to substantiate it was true.
Carlson has been taking purpose on the veteran GOP pollster after Axios quoted him final week as saying that ‘Republicans are extra pro-immigrant than elites notice.’
Luntz stated he performed focus teams of potential voters and that he got here away with the impression that the gaps between Democrats and Republicans on hot-button points like immigration and border safety aren’t as broad as thought.
Carlson on Friday ridiculed Luntz for suggesting that Republicans help granting everlasting authorized standing to Dreamers, or undocumented immigrants who got here to the USA as younger kids.
McCarthy and his spouse Judy are pictured at a state dinner for Emmanuel Macron of France
The Fox Information host attacked Luntz for suggesting that ‘Republican voters, the truth is, are dying to provide amnesty to as many overseas nationals as they presumably can.’
Carlson stated sarcastically: ‘They’re demanding it instantly!’
He then performed a clip of an interview with Luntz through which the pollster says that Trump supporters are in favor of offering a ‘path to citizenship’ to the Dreamers.
Carlson accused Luntz of taking the identical place on immigration as that of Google, and that his views have been applauded by ‘open borders activists.’
Luntz has been ‘toadying for large companies’ like Purdue Pharma, the maker of the extremely addictive painkiller OxyContin, which has been blamed for serving to gasoline the opioid epidemic.
Final 12 months, Luntz revealed that Biden ‘came visiting to me and gave me the most important hug’ after he realized that the pollster suffered a stroke whereas conducting a spotlight group in New Hampshire in January of final 12 months.
‘Joe Biden is a sort man,’ Luntz informed MSNBC in October.
‘He is an honest man. He is been by hell himself, on a number of events.’
Luntz reacted to Friday’s phase on Carlson’s present by tweeting: ‘That explains all of the indignant, misspelled messages in my inbox tonight.’