Bear with me for a bit…
Chuck DeVore was part of the leadership team for the Republican Assembly Caucus… Chuck DeVore very publicly resigned from his leadership post over a deal made to raise taxes – the largest tax increase in state history.
OK – has you thinking that DeVore did the principled thing, right? (You know, like grandstanding on opposing the confirmation of Abel Maldonado – before abstaining instead of voting no)
Well, apparently DeVore’s pattern of duplicity was set long before reneging on his pledge to oppose Abel Maldonado.
Just a couple weeks earlier – Chuck DeVore was on the TV saying that “everything was on the table” in budget negotiations. As in they (the GOP) were willing to toss the no new taxes pledge to get budget concessions.
I guess promises were “subject to” in 2009 as they are in 2010 for Assemblymember DeVore. Mr. Devore sounds more like Abel Maldonado or Tom Campbell than a tax fighter, that’s for sure.
This TV appearance was on January 25, 2009.
On Jan 29, 2009 – you guessed it, rumors were breaking that Chuck was about to draw a primary opponent for U.S. Senate, Carly Fiorina.
Poof – on February 14th – DeVore flames out.
It appears that self-styled maverick Chuck DeVore is appearing more and more like any other politician. Add to that, he is a middle-aged white guy from Orange County and there is nothing new for the voters.
It could be worse – he could be a middle-aged White liberal guy from the Bay Area… but that’s a story for the shepherd to tell.
I’ve got whiplash – which way is it? We need leadership and principle – not campaign strategy.