Adams: hero in his own mind

During the Assembly floor debate prior to the vote on whether to confirm Abel Maldonado as lieutenant governor, Republican Assemblyman Anthony Adams — the tax-raising Republican who faced a possible recall and later announced that he will not seek re-election to his Hesperia seat, made it clear that he views himself as a hero. He talked about how his colleagues repeatedly mentioned the word “courage” with regards to his budget vote and derided the extreme elements of his party. And I thought the vote was all about Abel Maldonado.

–Steven Greenhut

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  1. John G. Wurm
    John G. Wurm 11 February, 2010, 19:23

    Adams was forced out of the race by grass roots activists like Ken Hunter and the Atlas Pac. Before Adams quit, Ken Hunter began his campaign to replace Adams and his high tax policies.

    Adams vote to raise taxes was not an example of courage, it only proved that Adams was never qualified to serve Californians. To find out more about Ken Hunter, visit

    John G. Wurm – Ken’s Campaign Manager

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  2. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 11 February, 2010, 20:55

    Damn right Adams was a hero. In the great tradition of Ronald Reagan, he was willing to cross party lines and work with the Democrats to solve our problems. Like Reagan when he was governor, He had the courage to raise revenue, not just slash health and human service programs, to help deal with our budget problems. And for that, his head was put on a stick by the Rabid Right. Unless we find more Republicans–and Democrats–with the courage of Anthony Adams, our state is doomed.

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  3. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 12 February, 2010, 11:00

    Adams was trying to serve the majority of Californians who do not want to see government destroyed and who want to work cooperatively to solve our state’s problems. The real goal of Ken Hunter, John Wurm and the other “heads-on-a-stick” activists is to cut off revenue so that government can no longer function effectively, or, as one of their allies put it: “To shrink the size of government so we can drown it in the bathtub.”

    While the Rabid Right controls the legislature through parliamentary rules and threats to moderate Republicans, the fact remains that they do not represent the majority of Californians.

    One example: The overwhelming majority of Californians support increased tobacco taxes and an oil production tax (which every other oil producing state has). But the Rabid Right says no, so it ain’t happening.

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  4. Ken Hunter
    Ken Hunter 20 March, 2010, 15:00

    Ken Hunter’s goal is not to cut off revenues to the government. The reverse is true. Reducing Tax rates will both ignite our economy and increase revenues to government over time.

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