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Sharon Runner is the vote

Posted: February 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Jonathan Kraut's Feb. 8 commentary ("Darren Parker is a true friend to the SCV") again echoes the Democratic mantra: "It's not our fault."

Mr. Kraut's column supporting Darren Parker over Sharon Runner for the state Senate's 17th District seat reports: 1) California lost companies and jobs because of "(P)oor Republican leadership (on a national level); 2) paying higher taxes is "unrelated to hiring new employees"; 3) Runner would "kill or children" and burden "the backs of welfare recipients" to overcome the state's fiscal mire; 4) Runner somehow (no supportive facts cited) caused the failure of the 2004 California Performance Review and 5) Runner didn't "spend enough time in the districts, talking to people."

Recognizing the Democratic tomfoolery of these highlights, let's not ignore reality and a few facts.
Democrats have ruled the California Assembly since 1970 - except briefly in 1995-96. Democrats have totally ruled the California Senate since 1970.

Californians are now into our 19th year with Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for representation in the U.S. Senate.

While Kraut indicates Mr. Parker spent a bunch of time in the SCV, he implies that Sharon Runner did not. That is misleading. SCV-ites did not vote for Sharon Runner. She was not our representative. We had Cameron Smyth and Dr. Keith Richman.

All of the recent print about Darren Parker would indicate a tenacious pro-union activist with a nice family. His reported worthy community involvement is to be applauded. While he is touted as a small business owner, specifics are never cited. We do know he was a 30-year communications company union employee.

Sharon Runner's position is very clear on not raising taxes. Mr. Parker plays with words like "investments" (that's code for needing tax dollars). Importantly, Mr. Parker has not stated his position on the imperative Proposition 13.

Unfortunately for Mr. Parker, he is tainted with the proven actions of another community-activist-turned-politician, and that inexperience is sitting in the White House.

California's acutely calamitous financial state requires a seasoned person at the table with the majority chief offenders.

This is no time for an apprenticeship. Sharon Runner is the vote!



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