Interesting, coming from "liberal" Silicon Valley (Manhattan West), I guess this place isn't so liberal after all, makes sense though, follow the money, at the end, establishment republicans.
I just cant figure it out, republicans hate "common core" higher education standards, I thought. May be its just the right wing tea baggers that are opposed? It would appear as if the progressive Dems and establishment Repubs DO have something in common, OH, MY
Silicon Valley, California disappointed as Kevin McCarthy abandons Speaker bidhttp://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_28941506/silicon-valley-california-disappointed-kevin-mccarthy-abandons-speaker
McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, has visited Silicon Valley often since his state Assembly days, speaks a lot about its huge potential as an economic driver and political force, and has earned a reputation for being curious about new technology and responsive to the tech sector's needs. Though heir apparent to outgoing Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, McCarthy left the race Thursday amid heavy opposition from the party's right flank.
"We've gone from an exclamation point to a question mark," Carl Guardino, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, said Thursday. "He understood, appreciated, and more often than not strongly supported the innovation economy. Now we have no idea who will become Speaker and whether they will share... that willingness to support our issues."
"There are major issues of importance to the technology industry pending before Congress right now -- from international tax reform to cybersecurity and trade," she said. "This leadership transition delays the ability to get things done. I hope that Congress can sort this out quickly so that we can get back to work."
McCarthy "has really worked the valley moreso than almost any other Republican," said Bill Whalen, a veteran GOP strategist who is now a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. Yet as a fifth-term lawmaker, he'd have been the least-experienced Speaker -- second in the line of succession to the Oval Office -- in more than a century.