Same Name, Big Mix Up for Local Man Named Kevin McCarthy

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Kevin McCarthy considers himself a normal guy from Iowa but lately people have mistaken him for a different Kevin McCarthy.

Over the last few days, McCarthy, a Des Moines native, has received dozens of tweets criticizing his beliefs and political viewpoints. However, Twitter trolls got him confused with California native and  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

"Instead of using social media to reach out to that Kevin McCarthy, all of his biggest supporters and critics are reaching out to me instead," he said.

According to the website, "", there are 325 people with then name, Kevin McCarthy living in the United States.

McCarthy said ever since current Speaker of the House, John Boehner, announced his retirement, dozens of comments have flooded his social media.

He says the confusion was funny at first but the criticism quickly got old. McCarthy says he feels bad for the people who had legitimate concerns with the Majority House Leader because they never reached the person who intended.

McCarthy says the two couldn't be more opposite, including their political views.

Hillary Clinton's campaign caught on to the mistaken identity and published a video on YouTube to set the record straight on where McCarthy really stands politically. Over the last 24 hours, the video has been viewed more than 13,000 times. Click here to view the video.

After the Majority House Leader dropped out of the race for House Speaker on Thursday, McCarthy said he can breathe a sigh of relief.

"It will be a good thing for my twitter because I will actually be able to use it again," he laughed.




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