Boudreaux boasts latest endorsements in House run

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux brings in Kern County endorsements, sees support from former opponent David Giglio as Republican opponent Vince Fong is backed by former President Donald Trump

(Kenny Goodman)
(Kenny Goodman)
Serena Bettis
Published February 21, 2024  • 
11:00 am

TULARE COUNTY – Republican candidate for Congress and Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux is making headway in the race for the 20th Congressional District seat as the primary elections approach. 

Boudreaux’s campaign touted new endorsements from prominent Central Valley political figures, including District 12 State Senator Shannon Grove and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, at a Feb. 14 press conference outside the International Agri-Center in Tulare. Further, Boudreaux was backed by fellow candidate David Giglio on Feb. 15 after he announced he was ending his campaign.

“I specifically want to thank the voters of District 20, where it is clear that you are indicating and showing that it is definitely time for change in Congressional seat number 20,” Boudreaux said. “We’re excited about the momentum of this campaign; we are receiving overwhelming support — phone calls, letters — from voters all through the district, and it continues to grow on a daily basis.” 

Boudreaux is one of nearly a dozen candidates looking to take over the U.S. House of Representatives seat previously occupied by Bakersfield Republican Kevin McCarthy, who held the office from 2006 up until his resignation in December 2023. 

He is also one of nine candidates in the race for the special election to fill out the remainder of McCarthy’s seat this year.

Primary elections for both the special and regular elections are coming up in March: the regular election primary is March 5, coinciding with the rest of California’s primary elections, and the special election primary is March 19.

If a special election candidate receives a majority of the votes in the March 19 primary, they will automatically be elected to the seat. Otherwise, there will be a run-off election between the top-two vote getters on May 21. 

Boudreaux celebrates endorsements

Grove, Youngblood and Kern Law Enforcement Association President Tim Caughron spoke in support of Boudreaux at his press conference, highlighting Boudreaux’s experience in law enforcement and his stance on the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“There’s nobody in California that knows more about what’s going on with the border than here in the Central Valley,” Caughron said. “Our sheriffs deal with this every day, and … to that end, I have no doubt that Sheriff Boudreaux is the best candidate that we can send to Washington, D.C. to help tackle this problem.” 

Boudreaux said he has received “an overwhelming show of support” from law enforcement leaders throughout District 20 — which includes portions of Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties — and the wider San Joaquin Valley region. 

Without naming any of his primary Republican opponents in particular, Boudreaux emphasized these new endorsements from Bakersfield and Kern County representatives as a growing show of support from outside his home county. 

“I would not receive the endorsements of those standing behind me and the law enforcement up and down the district, as well as throughout the state of California, if they didn’t believe that I represented the best choice for Congress,” Boudreaux said. 

Giglio ends campaign

In his statement about suspending his campaign, Giglio, a Republican from Clovis, encouraged his supporters to vote for Boudreaux. 

Giglio said that over the last few months of the campaign, he has grown to call Boudreaux a friend and feels Boudreaux shares his “passion for change.” 

“Despite initially expressing some concerns regarding Sheriff Boudreaux’s motives for entering this race, I can now say with complete certainty that he is a good man and is in this race for the right reasons,” Giglio said in his statement. 

The two share similar views on many topics, including their support for former President Donald Trump, and loosely debated each other along with Congressional District 22 candidate Chris Mathys at a 1776 Sons of Liberty town hall event in Hanford on Feb. 1. There, Giglio remarked that he wouldn’t “be doing any rebutting” of a statement Boudreaux provided on gun legislation. 

Giglio’s Feb. 15 statement said that as someone who previously challenged McCarthy, he understood the importance of “this opportunity to defeat the McCarthy/(Cathy) Abernathy machine,” and felt it was best for him to step aside to ensure success in that goal. 

“We cannot let Kevin McCarthy use his money and influence to send another bought-and-paid-for politician to Washington to sell out the American people,” Giglio said. “Sheriff Boudreaux represents our best chance at stopping the radical left and disrupting the status quo.” 

Also in the race is District 32 State Assemblyman Vince Fong, who has had McCarthy’s endorsement since he announced his campaign and worked for McCarthy in his district office before being elected to the State Assembly himself. Trump announced on social media platform Truth Social on Feb. 20 that Fong also had his “complete and total endorsement.”

Serena Bettis
General Assignment Reporter