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Fox and Hounds blog blasts Buchanan

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, December 22nd, 2008 at 3:29 pm in 2010 election, Assembly, California budget, California Legislature.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-San Ramon

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-San Ramon

Fox and Hounds Daily conservative blogger Patrick Dorinson, also the former state GOP communications chief, incinerated four newly elected Assembly Democrats including Joan Buchanan in District 15 for failing to cast either yes or no votes on recent state budget votes.

In a piece titled “Profiles in Cowardice,” he accuses the four of abstaining on the critical votes in order to avoid attack ads in those inevitable 2010 re-election campaign tying them to “tax and spend” Democrats.

“Vote your conscience but vote,” Dorinson said via telephone today. “The people sent you to Sacramento to get something done.”

Dorinson’s biting commentary begins with with:

Congratulations to new Democratic Assembly members Alyson Huber of El Dorado Hills, Marty Block of San Diego, Joan Buchanan of Alamo and Manuel Perez of Coachella. In the first important vote of your careers, you demonstrated that all the fancy words from your campaigns about “changing the system” and “not a career politician” as well as “ready to go to work” and “performance not politics” were as empty as California’s bank accounts.

The four of you, joined by wily political veteran Charles Calderon of Whittier, abstained from voting on the tax hikes proposed by your own party. You didn’t vote yes or no, you abstained. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary says that to abstain means, “to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice”.

Is it because you all got elected from swing districts and you fear the wrath of the voters in two years? Is this about maintaining “political viability” for higher office and are worried about future campaign attack ads that would include you vote for higher taxes? Did Speaker Bass give you “get out of jail free” cards on the vote because she knew it would not pass without three Republicans, and therefore you would not have a “tax increase” vote on your record? Or is it that you don’t have the guts to stand up and vote “yes or no” because you believe it is the right thing to do, political consequences be damned?

I don’t know your motives, but I would bet dollars to doughnuts that it was, dare I say the word, politics – pure politics.(Click here to read full column.)

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  • http://www.ConstitutionalRepublicans.org Walter, GOP Livermore City-Chair

    And this is the “Democratic leadership” at work? Is this the “Change We Can Believe In” that I’ve heard so much about? I’m from Assembly District 15, and I remember the Buchanan signs that read “Performance Not Politics” around the area. This should be a slap in the face to the voters that gave Joan Buchanan their all important vote on election day. I’m sure everyone is happy now, that we sent Buchanan to Sacramento and will be paying her $120,000 a year to do nothing!

    Special thanks to the Republican State Assembly Members that have held their ground and continued to resist the proposed tax-increases by the Democrats. I’m encouraged to see that our Republican leadership sees that the budget problems have to do with spending, not how much money they have to play with.

  • Renegade GOP

    Oh Fox and Hounds, boring blogs for boring people! Funny I never saw the same outrage when Republicans on the National level are spending us into bankruptcy.

    I have to say that while the Vaunted Republican Caucus is having its current moment of relevancy while the Democrats are trying to raise taxes the rest of the time they do nothing. My Good friend Walter says that Buchanan is not earning her $120,000 in Sac. But it can easily be argued that the GOP Caucus in Sacramento which has been in the minority 36 of the last 38 years are the ones who don’t earn their pay the entire year until budget time.

    I am floored by shock and horror that Ms Buchanan passed on a meaningless tax increase vote. Or that the leadership in the Democrat Caucus let her abstain on a meaningless vote because the Republicans were standing their ground. What I find really interesting here is that this Patrick Dorinson and the CCCGOP (who sent me an email on the matter today) are acting it is something strange or hypocritical that politicians are acting like politicians or like this seat will be in play in 2010. If the voter registration trends continue this once staunchly Conservative Republican assembly district will be completely gone by 2010. It has been trending Democrat for years and now is a 4 point Democrat seat. Maybe in 2 years it could be an 8 point district or higher. What California Republicans refuse to understand is that they are done for the foreseeable future. The only hope they possibly have is for some type of redistricting in 2012. Here in the Bay Area the Republicans have been in a steady decline for years. It will be a long slog if it ever comes back at all.