Emails linked to Steve Baer preceded McCarthy’s surprise announcement

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gop-fail-irrelevantMultiple news sources have reported that a Riverside man may have played a role in the decision of the front-runner in the race for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to drop out of that race.

On Thursday afternoon, Kevin McCarthy (R-California), the majority leader in the House of Representatives and the front-runner in the race to succeed John Boehner (R-Ohio) as speaker, shocked Washington and most of his colleagues by abruptly withdrawing as a candidate.

Earlier on Thursday, according to the websites Politico, Salon, Huffington Post and others, Steve Baer, a longtime conservative activist who has lived in Riverside since 1989, sent emails to at least eight Republican lawmakers, including McCarthy, threatening to expose an alleged affair between McCarthy and Renee Ellmers, a Republican congresswoman from North Carolina. The email also reportedly was sent to Ellmers.

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