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Mailbag: Very impressed with Sunder Ramani

May 04, 2010

Before Democratic Assemblyman Paul Krekorian really wanted to be an L.A. City Councilman, he really wanted to be my assemblyman and school board member, and now is forcing us to spend millions of dollars on unnecessary elections.

Why would he care about our state or his rise to political power, especially when it is accompanied with one of the highest paychecks in politics? Now that the primary is over we have two solid candidates, Mike Gatto and Sunder Ramani.

After reading Gatto’s website, he doesn’t seem like that bad of a guy, and I can admit that after running for office myself, the accusations of campaign finance fraud against him could be an honest mistake. He proudly defends the “Californian Dream,” has an impressive list of endorsements and apparently is rather popular with organized labor. He cannot, however, measure up to the experience of Ramani when it comes to the values that built America.

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While it is typical to highlight and/or criticize political candidates based on their soapbox, I know for a fact that a politician can say anything, and that makes campaign goals, statements or promises less than worthless. Instead, I am going to connect campaign statements with life stories, because life experience is the bedrock of personal values, something even a politician will be reluctant to surrender, and take a look at things such as partisanship and slander against opponents.

On his website, Gatto proclaims that we should not put faith in unstable revenue streams, immediately after voicing his support for taxing “big oil corporations” for drilling in California. Now an educated individual would have done his research and realized that California has already hit its peak oil mark, and that its reserves are steadily declining, not to mention the fact that while it is difficult for petroleum companies to pass on such taxes to consumers, it would be much easier for them to cut the added expense from the high wages and benefit packages they offer their employees. So much for creating good-paying jobs.

Overall, Gatto offers only vague talking points, and in my opinion has tossed in certain populist and conservative values into his campaign in an effort to appeal to independent voters without rhyme or reason to justify what experience led him to hold such views.

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