Mayor Says Romney Isn’t Right for California

Mayor Alicia Aguirre joined other politicians to discuss why Mitt Romney would be detrimental for California.

Mayor Alicia Aguirre joined a conference call Monday with other Democratic elected officials to highlight why they believe presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will stifle the progress California has made.

Under the electoral college system, California’s 55 votes out of the total 538 votes have historically gone to the Democratic presidential nominee, but Democrats Aguirre, Representative Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), and Somerville, Massachusetts Mayor Joe Curtatone made one last push for President Obama the day before the California primary on June 5. 

“We’re seeing a turnaround here in Redwood City as the Peninsula hub of Silicon Valley,” Aguirre said. “We’ve come too far to let Romney economics set us back.”

Former Governor Romney held at the back in March.

Aguirre pointed to statistics showing that the nation emerged from a recession in November 2001, but Massachusetts, when Romney served as governor, consistently lagged six months behind the recovery. Every year, the state trailed the rest of the country, she said.

Mayor Curtatone said that Somerville was similar to Redwood City in size and proximity to world-class universities and was experiencing a similar recovery. 

Somerville has experienced 27 straight months of job creation, Curtatone said, and he doesn’t want to return to a time when Massachusetts lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs and 220,000 residents left the state.

“They couldn’t see a future for themselves here,” Curtatone said. “But now we are on the right track with [current] Governor Deval Patrick.” 

Representative Lee used a common Democratic attack against Republicans, stating that Romney’s policies undermined security for the middle class and benefited a few.

“We shouldn’t let Wall Street and large corporations lead us to recovery,” she said.


Obama Turning Negative?

Several media outlets, like the Christian Science Monitor and US News & World Report, have reported an increase in President Obama’s negative campaign ads against Romney.

However, Lee said that the voter optimism and hope in Obama has not subsided.

“When you communicate with voters, they are very inspired,” Lee said.

After having introduced President Obama at in the last month, Aguirre said she saw for Obama’s campaign.

“President Obama’s message here was very strong,” Aguirre said. “And we’re all fired up.”


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John Foley June 13, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Who is surprised by name calling by Hayes? Some people love diversity of thought as long as you don't disagree with them......I suggest Alicia read a few of Barbara Lee's comments before she aligns herself with her.
John Foley June 13, 2012 at 07:30 AM
A few days ago, on the floor of the House, Representative Lee (D-CA) declared that requiring voters to present identification in order to vote was a… wait for it…  racist plot!!! A Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday on the House floor that Republican legislators around the country are purposefully trying to deny blacks the right to vote by pushing for voter identification laws. “It’s no coincidence that a disproportionate number of these affected voters come from communities of color as well as the poor, the elderly and students,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
residentwithopinions June 13, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Are you kidding me!??? Asking for ID is now racist? What is wrong with that woman?
residentwithopinions June 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I saw a great bumper sticker "if you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you're not a racist, vote for somebody else in 2012 to prove your not an idiot!"
paul phipps August 28, 2012 at 04:33 PM
If Cal could only break off and fall into the ocean


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