Bakersfield’s Grove has been ousted as Senate GOP chief from California

Days after rumors that a fall could occur, Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) is no longer the leader of the California Republican Senate caucus.

Southern California Senator Scott Wilk (R – Santa Clarita), who survived a stormy 2020 election cycle in Southern California, defeated her in a caucus election on Wednesday.

McClatchy first reported on the change in leadership.

Grove’s two-year tenure as Republican leader came under scrutiny when the party lost two key seats in Southern California in the 2020 election.

The senior Bakersfield Senator, who has long been an avid supporter of former President Donald Trump, sparked a wave of bad press during the siege of the U.S. Capitol, claiming the people involved were members of Antifa.

The Sun reported growing chatter Monday that Grove could be tumbled from one of two places: Wilk, who ultimately won the job, or Grove’s neighbor, Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno).

This story will be updated.

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