Local Republicans are gunning for Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia).
|Local Republicans are gunning for Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia).|
Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia), who has been targeted for a recall election because he voted for a state budget that included billions of dollars in new taxes, swung back at his opponents today, blaming "Orange County Republicans" and "Newport Beach activists" for his current predicament.
Speaking to Los Angeles Times reporter David Lazarus, who was sitting in for the absent host of KPCC/89.3-FM's Patt Morrison Show, Adams said he did not regret voting for the budget, that he would do so again if the financial conditions were the same and that he had the support of a "silent majority" of pragmatic Republicans up and down the state.
n took the gloves off, calling out the Orange Countians for selfishly trying to protect their own slice of the financial pie at the expense of less affluent residents of Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, the latter of which includes Adams' 59th Assembly District.
The recall is being organized and bankrolled by Corona del Mar Republican insiders Michael Shroeder (a.k.a. Darth Vader in Moxley's colorful reporting over the years) and Lee Lowrey (of Orange County-based Atlas PAC, which has collected recall petitions signed by nearly 35,000 people and plans to gather at least 25,000 more signatures by an Oct. 14 deadline).
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Adams told Lazarus these supposed anti-tax crusaders, who maintain further cuts of wasteful government spending should have been done before any tax was considered, are now set to burn more than $1 million of taxpayer money on a recall.
He maintained that he, too, supports cutting government over raising taxes and acknowledged that the budget he and five other Republican lawmakers voted for in February included boosts in income, sales and automobile taxes. But Adams said the state government is smaller now than it was when he took office, that the budget also included major cuts his party demanded and that raising taxes was the only option left to keep the state moving.
Adams previously conceded in the Riverside Press-Enterprise that he expects his same-party foes to get the recall election they so desire.