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McCarthy entertains delegates with tales of underage drinking, car flipping

The third-ranking House Republican stopped by an event held by the conservative American Action Forum, regaling delegates in a half-empty hotel ballroom with the story of how he used his savings and lottery winnings to build a small business before he even graduated from college.

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McCarthy recalled that he first made money as an 18-year-old in California through buying cheap cars and quickly selling them for a profit. He got in the racket, he said, through “a guy who owned a liquor store who had a car dealers license.”

“You can figure out at 18 how I knew it,” McCarthy added with a knowing smile.

As for the car flipping, he said: “Now technically, I don’t know if was legal but, you know, I’m being an entrepreneur. I’m doing this to put my way through college.”

Later in the 10-minute speech, McCarthy referenced a 2011 congressional delegation trip to Israel that has recently become famous after a report that several lawmakers, their spouses and staff took a late-night dip in the Sea of Galilee, and one of them, Rep. Kevin Yoder (Kan.) did so without any clothes.

McCarthy did not go swimming that night, and on Monday when he began, “I was in Israel last summer taking a group of freshmen,” he was recalling a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres – not the risque nighttime swim.