California’s Republican candidates have taken some hits lately over their wobbly commitment to (or against?) Proposition 23, the controversial ballot measure that would suspend the state’s landmark climate change policies. While they are trying to appease their conservative base they also don’t want to look like a bunch of bird killers.
And don’t think Mayor Gavin Newsom isn’t trying to capitalize on this Republican balancing act. As the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, Newsom had one question for his Republican opponent Abel Maldonado: “Will Maldonado experience an election year conversion in the final weeks before election day and finally renounce his vote against AB 32 by opposing Proposition 23, the Texas oil companies' initiative to suspend AB 32?”
Maldonado’s campaign fired back: “They were not listening the last time the Lieutenant Governor said “No on Proposition 23,” said Brandon Gesicki, Maldonado’s campaign manager.
And by the way, Gesicki said, “For Mayor Newsom to make this attack on the Lieutenant Governor shows that he is being a hypocrite — for over three years he’s profited from ownership in oil drilling companies.”