Steve Westly for Governor
The biggest "knock" on Steve Westly, which Gilbert hints at in his previous post, is that he was unwilling to stand up to Schwarzenegger. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, Westly supported Proposition 57 and 58, measures to help relieve the state's structural deficit problems. But so did the Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and the California Teacher's Association.
So now that we've basically covered the one area in which Westly has supported Arnold, let's see where he's opposed him. Westly was the first statewide official to oppose Arnold's shortchanging of schools via Prop 98. When the Governor issued an executive order to cut funding to higher education, Westly disregarded it, sent the money to colleges anyway, and challeneged Arnold to sue him. Arnold did not. Opposition doesn't get much bolder than that.
When Democrats in Sacramento said that raising taxes was the only way out of our fiscal problems, and when Republicans demanded that we cut spending, Westly implemented a tax amnesty program that allowed businesses and individuals to pay unpaid taxes without penalty. It brought in over $4 billion.
And finally, all of our favorite quality in a candidate: electability. Poll after poll show that Westly is the stronger candidate against Arnold. We can't risk this opportunity to unseat Arnold and take back the governorship in one of the most Democratic states in the country.