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California's Escalation Res.: Why does Lou Correa support W?

by: Brian Leubitz

Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 15:01:49 PM PST

Eve before the House passed their resolution on the escalation in Iraq, the California Senate had already done so.  It passed overwhelmingly, with only Republicans opposing.  Vote info here

California's Senate became the first state legislative body in the nation to oppose President Bush's plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq, passing a resolution Monday urging Congress and Bush not to escalate U.S. involvement in the war.

The nonbinding resolution, which will be sent to Congress if it clears the Assembly, was approved by the 40-member Senate on a largely party-line vote of 22-14. Voting "no" were 13 Republicans and one Southern California Democrat, Lou Correa of Orange County. (SF Chron 2/14)

The question of the day, as the Liberal OC has been asking, why the hell did Lou Correa vote against this measure? Does he really support the surge? Does he think that his district supports the surge?  The fact is that according to a new poll released today, only 35% of the country supports the escalation.  So, even behind the Orange Curtain, support for the failed policies of George W Bush is not mandatory.

So, I strongly, indeed very strongly, request that you call Sen. Correa's office and ask him why he voted against the Senate Resolution.  He's apparently in the district today, so try him at both offices.  In Sacto, call him at (916) 651-4034.  His OC office is (714) 558-4400.

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Lou Correa (0.00 / 0)
Maybe he thinks that he should focus on solving the problems of the state instead of grandstanding on a resolution involving an issue that is out of their purview.

If so (0.00 / 0)
Then why bother to vote at all?

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Because he is supposed to. (0.00 / 0)
His job is to cast a vote and the vote he cast was "No".  That doesn't mean that he supports the war, it simply means that he doesn't think the legislature should waste their time on things like this.  Since members of the legislature have often claimed that they simply ran out of time and use excuses like being overworked for why they or members of their staff don't read the text of the bills they are voting on, it seems pretty hypocritical to me that they turn around and pass resolutions on controversial issues like this where their votes have no impact whatsoever.

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If that's the case, then he should say that (0.00 / 0)
But so far he has refused to respond to inquiries.  If he said that he doesn't think the California legislature should be sticking its nose in foreign policy, then fine.  I disagree, but fine.  But if he's going to vote to support the escalation, he could at least bother to inform the public of his reasoning.

I think?

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To Doughnut70 (8.00 / 1)
Then all he needs to do is say that.

I guess I'll have to write Lou a nice, long letter... (0.00 / 0)
I didn't work so hard to get him elected last year, just to see him to do this. I really am saddened yb this, and quite disappointed. I live in SD 34, so I know that this district isn't exactly a liberal hotbed...
But still, we're not wingnuts. And we want an end to this failed war in Iraq. I don't know what to do...
Except start writing this all down, and sending it to Lou. Maybe when he hears from one of his consituents, who also happens to be someone who really believed in Lou as a great public servant to our community, maybe he'll get the message.

Had enough of the "red county" right-wing crazy-talk bulls***? Well, then come and visit us at The Liberal OC! Yes, there ARE liberals in The OC! : )

Correa is a centrist (0.00 / 0)
Correa is a centrist with populist overtones.  I had a piece of legislation before him that would allow 17 year olds to vote in primaries and he was the only Democrat to oppose it (14 other states already do this and it increases youth voter turnout).  He opposed it because he felt that 18 was 18 and that 17 year old should not be voting on bonds.

Don't get me wrong, he's did some very good things as an Assemblyman, but he is not a raging Progressive and neither is his district really.  Some parts of the Latino community are fiercely "patriotic" and have conservative social undertones.  But I am suprised that he voted this way on this particular resolution. 

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