Moments before the California Assembly swore-in Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat from Lakewood, House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, made a brief stop near the Capitol.
The state event, attended by Gov. Jerry Brown and a horde of dignitaries, was replete with the pomp and circumstance afforded to the dominant party here.
The latter, a fund-raising reception that drew business-types and state and federal GOP officials, was closed to the media.
Joining Ryan at the fundraiser were House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden and members of the California delegation. Proceeds will go to House incumbents in their re-election campaigns as well as Ryan’s and McCarthy’s leadership PACs.
House leaders will defend vulnerable California members and seek to pick up seats from Democrats
Republicans this year are defending California Reps. Jeff Denham, David Valadao and Steve Knight. Some see pickup opportunities in the suburban Sacramento County district held by Rep. Ami Bera, where Sheriff Scott Jones is challenging, as well as the Santa Barbara-based seat being vacated by Rep. Lois Capps.
A Ryan spokesman said the speaker and McCarthy were in town to share their “bold, pro-growth agenda with supporters who are anxious to get this country back on track.”
“As leaders, Speaker Ryan and leader McCarthy are offering a clear, compelling choice to the American people so they know exactly where House Republicans stand and how they plan to fix our country’s biggest challenges,” spokesman Zack Roday said.
Ryan, himself the object of presidential draft movement, took no questions from a lone reporter before slipping out a back door of the Sutter Club. Whatever was said inside, it impressed Jean Fuller, Republican leader of the state Senate.
“There was a lot of energy and a lot of forward movement on the policies that they are going to put forward in the next couple months,” she said.