While Kern GOP gathers for annual Lincoln Day Dinner, opposition rallies

A protester holds a sign Tuesday night, Feb. 21, 2017, at a rally outside the Kern County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Kern County Republican Party hosted its annual Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, various groups protested outside the event, demanding two of the speakers, Congressmen Kevin McCarthy and Devin Nunes, address community concerns by holding town hall meetings.

Nunes represents parts of Tulare and Fresno counties and is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He's also a member of the Trump transition team, according to the Kern County Republican Party.

Nunes and McCarthy, the majority leader, were joined at the dinner by other elected officials, including Sen. Jean Fuller, Assemblyman Vince Fong and Congressman David Valadao.

The media was barred from entering the event, which is the Kern GOP's largest annual fundraiser.

Linda Fiddler, a member of the Kern County Democratic Party Central Committee, sent a news release about the planned rally outside the Lincoln Day Dinner. Various groups, including Young Progressive Coalition and Democratic Women of Kern, want to bring attention to what they claims is a "lack of accessibility" from McCarthy and Nunes.

Their news release reads, in part:

"Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Congressman Devin Nunes have been ignoring their constituents and neither have had a town hall addressing their community for years. We will be demanding these representatives make time for their constituents the way they made time for this fundraiser. ..."

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