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Blog: We Must Work Together In Sacramento

Gil Gonzales, Candidate for State Senate, District 25: California needs legislators to cross party lines and work in a bipartisan fashion, Senator Liu has not done this during her time in Sacramento.

Our great state of California faces complicated issues that cannot be resolved without collaboration.  I will work tirelessly to find common ground with both Republicans and Democrats.  A bipartisan approach is the only way to find solutions to our problems.  I have first hand insight into the benefits of bipartisanship and have experience working closely with members of both political parties.  My professional career includes working as a legislative aide for a Republican State Senator and as a Senior Director of Economic Development Policy for the Democratic Mayor of Los Angeles.  I will do my very best to always represent the interests of the public and you will be able to count on me as an independent voice.  My opponent, Senator Carol Liu does not hold to this same bipartisan belief.   The answers to our state’s problems lie in working together to find common ground.  Addressing our budget deficit, much needed education reforms, and record high unemployment rates will require that we work together on both sides of the aisle. 

Recently, the Sacramento Bee featured an article that rated Senator Liu as one of the most loyal members of her party.  Senator Liu voted across party lines only 23 times out of total of 3,273 votes.  This equates to a shockingly low 0.7% of overall votes.  I do not believe Senator Carol Liu’s voting record shows that she is willing to work to step across the aisle to adequately address the important issues that plague California.  While this statistic does highlight Senator Liu’s steadfast dedication to her ideology, I do not believe ideologues are going get our state moving in a positive direction.

For everyone’s benefit, California needs a government open to working on a bipartisan agenda.  I believe that this resistance to bipartisanship is the main reason we have made little progress in the past few years.  Unlike Senator Liu, I will not be beholden to any party.  If elected, my first priority upon taking office will be to set the wheels of change in motion, but I need your vote on November 6th to make this happen.   

Sincerely,

Gil Gonzales

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David V. November 02, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I'm glad to hear that you favor bipartisanship, Mr. Gonzales. If I may, I'd like to explore just how bipartisan you are willing to be, if elected. You are, or course, a Republican. All Republicans in the state Assembly, and all but one in the state Senate, if I'm not mistaken, have taken Grover Norquist's pledge against raising any and all taxes. My question for you is this: Have you taken Norquist's pledge? If not, do you plan to take it in the future? And if not, would you be willing, in the spirit of bipartisanship, to denounce Grover Norquist and his pledge because of the destructive effect they have on compromise, bipartisanship, and the need to increase revenues at times to promote the public interest? Thank you very much for your answers. - David V.
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 08:51 AM
CA is clearly on the wrong track with high unemployment, chronic budget deficits, ~$450-500 Billion in unfunded government employee pensions, lousy schools, lousy roads, and terrible business climate. Please see my comments on Mr. Gonzales' earlier post with the facts and data regarding the Dems' record of governing CA. While I do not work for Mr. Gonzales, I believe Mr. Gonzales would be pleased to work with Dems in a bipartisan manner to change CA' s course, restore fiscal responsibility, reform pensions to make them affordable for the taxpayers, improve the business climate to create more jobs, reform the lousy government run schools, and improve our roads rather than squander money on the HSR train from nowhere to nowhere.
David V. November 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I continue to wait for an answer, Mr. Gonzales. Are you willing to compromise on taxes, by rejecting the Norquist pledge, or is your column just an example of a politician blowing smoke?
Gil Gonzales November 04, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I'm sorry for the delay. I do not plan on signing the pledge. Feel free to call me at (626) 765-6470 or drop by the campaign headquarters in Pasadena. I would enjoy speaking with you about this more. Also, please visit my website at www.gilforsenate.com.
David V. November 04, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Thank you for your response. That is very nice to hear!

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