Cal State Bakersfield professor: I never threatened Congressman Kevin McCarthy

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Cal State Bakersfield professor is fighting back against claims he threatened Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

In a Bakersfield Californian blog posted Thursday the Congressman said the professor told him he would make his life difficult if immigration reform legislation doesn't pass, but the sociology professor told 23ABC he never threatened anyone.

"I'm not surprised he didn't like what he had to hear what I was surprised about is that he would spin it as a personal attack by a professor. This speaks very badly of his capacity to listen,” said CSUB professor Gonzalo Santos.

Santos told 23ABC he met with Congressman Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday to talk about immigration reform.

Santos said he did not personally threaten the Congressman, but told McCarthy he doesn't like the way he and other Republican lawmakers have handled the immigration issue.

"I told him consequences of his inaction is that they're triggering a period of turmoil if we don't see a resolution."

Vince Fong, Spokesman for Congressman McCarthy, released a statement on the threats to 23ABC that said "Understanding the immigration issue is an emotional one Congressman McCarthy believes we need a step by step legislative approach to fixing our broken immigration system that starts with securing our border. Threats and intimidation have no place in this discussion."

"I'm not in the habit of threatening people physically. I'm not in the habit of threatening physically,” said Santos.

Santos also said all protests have been peaceful and at the end of the day all he wants is for Congressman McCarthy to be a leader and pass a bill for a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.

"We've been asking for reform for the last seven to eight years since March of 2006 and all we have gotten in response is more attacks."

Congressman McCarthy also said protestors have been coming to his home and making his daughter uncomfortable, but Santos told 23ABC immigration supporters have been canvassing the area McCarthy lives in and they are not harassing him.


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