George Skelton from the L.A. Times is coming to Sen. Josh Newman's defense with a new piece titled, "Republicans are mad about the California gas tax, and they're taking it out on this freshman lawmaker."
Here's a bit of what Skelton has to say:
"It’s fitting in this pugnacious, polarized political climate that there are predators pouncing to recall a legislator for simply casting one vote. He’s being targeted essentially for doing his job. His job, that is, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers when they created a republican form of democracy. Not a direct democracy — not all the time, at least — but a republic where voters elect representatives to make government decisions for them. State Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) was exercising his delegated constitutional power when he voted for — horrors — a gas tax increase to pay for fixing California’s sorry roads.."
Skelton goes on to say that the recall effort is a big waste of energy and money to recall someone for "one sensible vote."
One sensible vote? That's all it is? Why aren't we allowed to stand up to out politicians and hold their feet to the fire?