It’s His Party

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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We read Abel Maldonado’s latest opinion piece with a mixture of amusement and sadness. It appears that despite his 12 years in Sacramento and his close friendship with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Maldonado still does not know how our government works.

It’s Mr. Maldonado’s party, the Republican Party, that controls the House of Representatives and sets its agenda. And it is his party that decided to adjourn and leave Washington.

I suppose he could have brought up his great concern about why Republicans would cancel votes to House Speaker John Boehner when Mr. Boehner was here in town fundraising for him. But maybe they were too busy discussing how to mislead voters with false attacks on the hometown congresswoman. They have now run 12 misleading attack ads against Congresswoman Capps.

When the Republicans decided to leave Washington, they decided it was more important to campaign for their own jobs rather than help create jobs for Americans. Among a host of other issues, they left undone the President’s jobs bill, refused to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, let the Farm Bill expire (a 50 year first!), and made no progress to stop a tax increase on 98% of Americans and 97% of small business owners.

Let’s look at that last issue. We all know that getting our economy back on track is the most important issue facing our country. But not to the House Republicans, who are holding 98% of Americans hostage to a tax increase unless they get a tax cut for the wealthiest 2%.

Mr. Maldonado doesn’t object to the Republican proposal to increase taxes on the middle class unless the rich get their cut too. But it’s no surprise that Maldonado is willing to raise taxes on the middle class, because that’s what he did when he voted for the largest tax increase in California history in 2009. (We would be remiss if we didn’t point out that while he was sticking Californians with the largest state tax increase ever levied in our nation, he refused to pay his own $4.2 million in back taxes and received one of his 9 tax liens.)

This may also be a good time to mention that regardless of what voters feel about Mr. Maldonado as a candidate, this much is clear: A vote for Maldonado is a vote for continued Republican control of Congress, more dysfunction, and endless partisan gridlock.

It’s a vote for a Republican majority that proposes to end Medicare as we know it. It’s a vote to privatize Social Security. It’s a vote for the Republican budget that will cut Medicaid by a third, a program which provides most of the funding for nursing home care for Medicare seniors, and care to our most vulnerable citizens with disabilities.

A vote for Mr. Maldonado is a vote to defund Planned Parenthood and a vote to empower those who recklessly took our country to the brink of fiscal catastrophe by threatening to put the U.S. in default – and have vowed to do it again.

Quite simply, it’s a vote for policies that Lois Capps has been fighting against – on our behalf – for years.

As Mr. Maldonado suddenly pretends to be independent of these Washington, D.C., Republicans who are financing his campaign, his record tells another story. While he collected millions from his huge farm business, he opposed increases to the minimum wage and unemployment assistance for Californians. He voted against upholding Roe v. Wade. He opposed California’s landmark global warming bill. He not only opposes same-sex marriage, he even voted against granting domestic partnership rights for same-sex couples. And he even voted for Prop. 187, among the most divisive anti-immigration measures in our state’s history. We encourage voters to see the facts for themselves at

So we were not surprised that Mr. Maldonado now tried to mislead voters about why Congress isn’t working on our problems. Let’s remember: He has been misleading voters about his positions on the issues, on Lois Capps’ record, and even his refusal to pay his own taxes.

Mollie Culver is the Capps for Congress campaign manager.


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Ms. Culver, you are so far off base. Obviously, you are the campaign manager for Capps....No wonder you have tunnel vision. Do your homework. Do not depend only on what Capps' people tell you. It's unbelievable how brainwashed some people become. It's scary. Even the very last statement you made "even refuses to pay his own taxes" is a total fabrication. His issue with the IRS has NOTHING to do with paying his taxes; DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Let's talk about dishonesty with taxes....Ms. Capps cheats and lies on her taxes. It's a fact. She did not report a significant income for Many years and lied about it. She promised a certain term limit...She lied about that too. She Misleads voters on all levels. She needs to go! Worthless!

BeckyBee (anonymous profile)
October 2, 2012 at 8:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@BB: thanks for suggesting that we each do our homework. (Thanks also for not bringing Ms. Capps birth certificate into question - that'd be a Thorny subject.) I've done my homework, and have had the good fortune to speak with Ms. Capps in person. She thinks and speaks clearly, works hard for her constituents and has my vote.

hodgmo (anonymous profile)
October 2, 2012 at 8:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

At least Rep. Capps is willing to admit a mistake instead of perpetuating and compounding it (giving Maldonado the benefit of the doubt that it was a mistake.)

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 2, 2012 at 11:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ms. Culver: Are you saying it's legal for men to beat up women?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 12:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Unless we vote for Capps, American women will be forced to wear Burqas, lose their right to vote AND drive, and be subject to sacrifice according to Mayan/Latino Tradition. C'mon Bill, I know you got the memo...
Poor Mollie sounds as dumb as both Lois and Abel.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 5:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken - Maldonado hasn't necessarily made a mistake on his taxes. The issue is still in dispute unless you would rather just presume he was guilty. Yes, Capps admitted her mistake, but only when she was about to release her tax returns and her campaign called her on her deception.

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 6:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maldo still refuses to pay his income taxes while the rest of us do pay. Facts are stubborn things.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 7:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ro-botany and Becky are as guilty as they make Mollie out to be. 'Do your homework', great one liner there. I suggest Becky to do the housework since that house needs cleaning, and one of these candidates is not abel to accomplish that task.

spacey (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 1:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That's right spacey. And we need to put a capp on the distortions and deceptions.

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 1:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Capps must have high quality people on their campaign if they were willing to approach her on this issue and not just carry her water.
So how does Maldonado suggest he'd vote differently than Capps?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 1:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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