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Open letter to Smyth

Posted: April 8, 2009 1:01 a.m.
Updated: April 8, 2009 4:30 a.m.
Many years ago, I remember holding a “Smyth” sign with my mother on the corner of Valencia Boulevard and San Fernando Road in support of your campaign. While I was still in my youth and not nearly as politically aware as I am now, I am beginning to feel embarrassed by my apparent mistake.

I read your most recent newsletter, in which you adamantly profess your opposition to “liberal tax-and-spend legislators.” However, I am well aware that you did nothing to support fellow Assemblyman Chuck Devore in his effort to remove Mike Villines as the Assembly GOP leader who led the so-called “bipartisan compromise” that you so proudly voted against.

I am also aware that you have given your endorsement to fellow Republican Assemblyman Anthony Adams, one of the three Republican assemblymen who voted for the largest tax increase in California history.

I was disgusted as I listened to a radio interview in which he shamelessly explained how his vote had the full support of the Republican Caucus, a claim that could be easily disregarded if it weren’t for the endorsements given by each of his fellow Republican assemblymen.

I also couldn’t help but question the sincerity or integrity of your anti-tax claims when I read your comments in The Signal’s Feb. 19 edition. Just after stating you “strongly oppose” any tax increase, you encouraged voters to “reform California’s budget situation” by voting in favor of Proposition 1A.

While a spending cap may be beneficial, Proposition 1A would, as you conveniently neglected to mention, extend tax increases by $16 billion, something that a strong political leader who honestly opposes any tax increases would fight instead of promote.

As always, but particularly in tough economic times like these, Santa Clarita residents (and all voters) deserve a leader who will take bold action to accompany their bold rhetoric. If you are honest in your strong opposition to tax increases, I encourage you to make the obvious decision to do everything within your power to oppose Proposition 1A and to focus more on bold action rather than just bold rhetoric.

If this gets tricky or complex, may I suggest you simply follow the lead of Chuck Devore, who appears to be California’s most fearless and bold Republican leader. If you do not feel this is the right action for you to take, that’s a political move you are rightfully entitled to make. But please refrain from misleading and manipulative rhetoric regarding your opposition to taxes. Integrity counts.


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