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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residentwithopinions June 05, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Didn't realize he was running for CA governor?!?? All I can say is...ANYBODY IS BETTER THAN OBAMA....ANYBODY!!!
hms June 05, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I agree.
Penny June 05, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Could't agree more. Ca. is in the red and companies are relocating, to states that are more business friendly, not to mention the regulations imposed. The number of bankruptcy are increasing, not only among business's, but families. Wake-up Ca. before it's to late.
residentwithopinions June 05, 2012 at 04:42 PM
People are taking their businesses out of CA because of CA's high income taxes..this has nothing to do with federal issues, it's state issues. CA needed Meg Whitman, not Jerry Brown who is raising taxes all over the place and thus people are fleeing the state. People with money are leaving this state so guess who is going to be left, people feeding off the system and there won't be hardly anybody left paying taxes to sustain what is currently happening....unless of course we cut a lot of government jobs, but it's quite obvious the government has a very hard time doing that.
John Foley June 05, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Read a little of Saul Alinsky's writings...this was Obama's mentor..."use term organizer instead of Marxist"....keep drinking the kook-aid, RWC!
steve bruni June 05, 2012 at 11:09 PM
yep i agree obama must go and so should Jerry Brown its coming here real soon our Greece
Gribble June 06, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Also, Obama is a Martian. Saul Alinsky said so in his speech last week, which is impossible because Alinksy died in 1972 and everyone knows he spent his last years mentoring a ten year old Barack Obama in Jakarta. Obama has spent the last 4 years caving in to Republicans in the hope that he can win reelection and then he, with a Democratic minority, will enact a Marxist agenda. And he's also a Martian.
Nadine June 06, 2012 at 08:41 AM
I think any Californian that is concerned about losing their liberties would no doubt want Obama out! Take a look at what's happening in NY for a wake up call. Embrace Obama and you embrace socialism. Not only Marxism, but anyone who is familiar with the history of the Bolsheviks movement would be scared to death of some of the parallels held in this president's philosophy...
Buck Shaw June 06, 2012 at 02:38 PM
This article is about Obama and Alicia Aguirre. But most comments are about STATE problems. Who makes these STATE problems. Its the STATE Legislators that do this. State Boards and State enpowered Commissions. Your state Assemblymen and Senitors are the culprits here. You could throw in most County Surervisors and most City Councils also. So pay attention when you vote this November. Ask your party if your affilliate with one who these candidates are.
Judi Mahoney June 06, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Obama studied Alinsky--it is called reading.
Judi Mahoney June 06, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Bet Ex principal Lind will be on the "oversight" committee!
Judi Mahoney June 06, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Anyone but Obama--------------- A couple of San Antonio doctors have created an effective ad. See the ad produced by Drs Jane Hughes and Kris Held. http://www.youtube.com/embed/PJ-p29xEM0s
Steve Hayes June 06, 2012 at 10:59 PM
JM - do you go around advocating we get rid of Medicare, Social Security and Veterans Benefits also? You come across as a very bitter old lady.
Gribble June 07, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Agreed. It's called reading and not mentorship. Mentorship implies a much closer relationship.
Gribble June 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
@ Steve...as a bitter old man, I'm slightly offended by that comment. We can disagree about these issues, but let's keep the personality assessments to ourselves. We're all mostly just venting here. I doubt any of us are reviewing policy papers or are part of the candidate's daily briefing. But we do have a lot of control over this forum, so let's stay on topic.
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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