PRpond - In El Dorado County Endorses Rico Oller
The endorsement of Rico Oller over challenger Frank Bigelow was not difficult, although it put us in conflict with the El Dorado County Republican Party Central Committee. Many can see the irony of this as it is clear that Rico Oller is far more conservative than his opponent is and considerably more aligned with the Republican Party. This is why Oller has been endorsed by the California Republican Assembly, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and Congressman Tom McClintock. Rico has a long established record in Sacramento as a hard-nosed fighter against wasteful government spending. Rico was a former Assemblyman and State Senator and has a 100% rating with the California Republican Assembly. Rico is a small business owner who reentered politics after he saw first-hand the devastating effects of well meaning, but misguided, environmental regulations. These regulations gave tremendous advantages to large, multi-state companies to continue to put as much pollution into the environment while smaller California business are severely handicapped and at a significant competitive disadvantage against out-of-state competitors. Rico is currently leading the fight against the illegal fire tax. Rico supports Proposition 13 and the “Stop Hidden Taxes” initiative. This legislation prohibits politicians from using loopholes to raise a Fire TAX (requiring 2/3 vote) on rural residents and disguise it as a FEE (requiring 1/2 vote).
That brings us to his opponent, Frank Bigelow. He has opposed tax-limiting powers by the state that allows us to fight back against the fire tax. Bigelow voted to undercut Proposition 13 and opposed the “Stop Hidden Taxes” initiative. Frank Bigelow supported the High-speed train, before he changed his mind to oppose it. Throughout his business and elected career Bigelow has demonstrated willingness to set-aside what is "right or wrong" in favor of "what right or wrong for him today." These choices have led to him being sued by the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters of Fresno, and the Revive the San Joaquin over the development of a 940-acre ranch he wants to develop commercially but have taxpayers pay millions of dollars of the cost. It also led him to support the high-speed train, before he opposed it. Changing his’ mind is not bad in itself, but we must look at the reason for the change. His changing opinion on the High-Speed train, and his explanation of it, is why we oppose him for elected office. Bigelow voted four times to support the High-Speed train project when a major production facility was planned in his county. When the facility plan was revised and the facility was planned for another county he became opposed to the train. His explanation was that he supported the project previously because it brought jobs to his area. In other words, he thought that it was a bad idea in general, but as long as enough of the money was going to his local area he would support it. This demonstrated to us that he did not care if it was a good use of taxpayers’ monies, only if it directly befitted him. Once the direct benefit to him went away, it became a bad project to him. We need politicians that see public policy as right or wrong for all the public. We need policy makers that see the High-Speed train is good or bad use of taxpayers’ money regardless of which county gets a bigger share.
This year’s election endorsements by PRpond & In El Dorado County are based on the Economy, Ethics, and Responsiveness to Voters.
When we say "Economy" we are specifically referring to small businesses. These small enterprises account for 52 percent of all U.S. workers, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Success of small businesses are critical to the recovery of the economy of California.
Regardless of good policymaking, there is no place for a politician that will use their position of public trust to enrich themselves or their friends.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, an elected politician must be responsive to the voters. Too often, we have seen politicians that will say anything to be elected only to ignore those pledges made on the campaign trail and then follow an agenda that was not disclosed to the public during the campaign. The public has the right to know where a politician will take the office before they are elected and if they cannot be honest in their responses to the voting public, they have no place in an elected position.
These are the candidates that we are endorsing. You may click on the link to find out why we are endorsing one over the other.
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