DeSantis and McCarthy, the challenge between the US Republicans is from Molise

DeSantis and McCarthy, the challenge between the US Republicans is from Molise

Ron DeSantis and Kevin McCarthy are two names that say little to the Italian public. However, they could soon become two well-known faces in American politics. The first is governor of Florida and rising star of the Republican Party as a possible challenger to Trump in the primaries heading into the 2024 election. The latter is a big shot of the right with stars and stripespro-Trump and eligible next Speaker of the House. Both have Molise originsjust like the Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who holds the position of speaker of the US House of Representatives.

But if the origins of Pelosi, recently an honorary citizen of Fornellithey haven’t been a mystery for a while, little is known about the Molise ancestors of DeSantis and McCarthy.

Ron DeSantis, 44, is one of emerging names in the Republican Party American. Elected governor of Florida in 2019, the state in which he was born in 1978, he was confirmed a few days ago in the same position also thanks to a very high degree of popularity. DeSantis is emerging in recent weeks to positions distant from those of former US president Donald Trump with which he could clash in a few months in the primaries for the presidential candidacy.

You have to go a long way back in time to find DeSantis’ Molise ancestors. Specialized American sites reconstruct her family tree and report that the maternal grandmother of the governor of Florida Carolyn Delisio was born in Ohio of Italian parents. Great-grandfather Robert was originally from Pacentro, a town in the province of L’Aquila while great-grandmother Anna DeOto was born in Castelbottaccio in 1898. The family tree also reveals the origins of great-grandfather Ottavio Deoto, born in 1877 in Campobasso. Distant origins but which nonetheless ascertain Molise blood in the veins of the 44-year-old governor of Florida.

Very different is the story of Kevin Owen McCarthy, now 57 years old, a native of California. McCarthy is currently in his eighth term in the US House and has been the Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives for nearly a decade. For him there are rumors of a imminent assignment as speaker of the House, as successor to Nancy Pelosi.

Unlike DeSantis, McCarthy is a follower of Donald Trump to the point of failing to recognize Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election but later condemned the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Also in his case we have to go far back in time to find his Molise origins. Notably McCarthy’s maternal grandfather was Guido Palladino, Italian by Giuseppe Palladino and Alisa Malerba. THE two great-grandparents of the 57-year-old House member were both from Molise, of Carpinone and Campobasso respectively.

Whether the two will become rivals in the race for the White House or will team up to try to oust Joe Biden in 2024 is still too early to know but certainly there could be the common Molise descent.

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