As KQED reports: “The mystery of whether Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman does or does not support Proposition 23 would appear to be solved. After weeks of steadfastly refusing to take a stand one way or the other on the ballot measure to freeze the state’s climate law known as AB 32, Whitman conceded on a radio broadcast that “In all likelihood I will vote ‘No’ on Prop 23.”
Whitman’s statement shows the continued rift between moderate GOPers like Meg and the “far right” led by the likes of our Congressman Tom McClintock and Assemblyman Dan Logue — yup, right in our neck of the woods. McClintock and Logue are leading the effort to effectively rescind AB32.
Our local “right wing” blogger Russ Steele has called Meg “Arnold in a dress.”
Now Barry Pruett, who lost in every single precinct in his race for clerk-recorder, is becoming a “mouthpiece” for the far right, too. His wife is a McClintock staffer.
Barry posted this “analysis” from a lawyer about Prop. 8 — a typical example of his ideology: “For those who attended the trial or watched its proceedings from afar, it seemed all but certain that this 66-year-old single man, living in San Francisco and reported by the San Francisco Chronicle to himself be homosexual, would find a way to rule Proposition 8 unconstitutional.”
In our county, Prop. 8 won by only three votes — a closer margin than in our state as a whole. The details are here.
Kim is jumping onto the blogs too. “I agree Russ, more conservatives in leadership should be on the blogs educating people and participating in the discussion. I am voting yes on prop 23 (jobs initiative).”
Do the registered Republicans in our county — many of whom will vote happily for Meg and found McClintock-endorsed candidate Steve Poizner too hard right, as well as many who voted against Prop. 8 — understand how they’re getting spun?
Where’s the moderate local Republican leadership? After all, most of us are in the middle.
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