I must commend Sen. Blakeslee for showing true leadership in negotiating with Gov. Brown. While he is not drawing support from the party brass, he is earning bouquets from moderate Republicans here in the heart of the 15th district. By stepping up and working with the governor to extend taxes that will help keep billions in schools, he has distanced himself from the GOP cowards who have signed a pledge to not do their jobs.
But make no mistake, he is not just going to roll over and support Brown without gaining support for a long-term fix to California’s budget crisis. Blakeslee and the rest of the GOP 5 are to be applauded for their principled and courageous engagement. They are enduring attacks from the left and the right. Some argue that they should refuse to negotiate. Others argue that they should give in to Gov. Brown, but neither of these extremes will produce change. Instead, they only empower the defenders of the status quo to continue driving our state into ruin.
Thank you for representing your diverse constituents of the 15th district and not being a pawn to special interest groups.