Republican reaction to the Democratic idea of ending special elections to fill vacant seats in the California Legislature is pretty strong, and one lawmaker is calling the move a "power grab."
California's Senate president pro tem is floating the idea of a constitutional amendment which would end special elections to fill vacancies in the legislature.
Democratic Senator Darrell Steinberg said yesterday he thinks the governor should have the power to appoint a replacement because the special elections are too costly, voter turnout is low and the offices are kept vacant for too long.
In response, Republican Assemblyman Dan Logue says, "We would expect this kind of thing in Cuba or North Korea, but not in a state like California with a proud tradition of direct democracy."
He claims Steinberg's proposal is another Democratic attempt to weaken the system of government checks and balances.
Read Logue's complete statement:
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee Member and North State Assemblyman Dan Logue today issued the following statement in response to a proposal being floated by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to end special elections for Members of the Legislature and instead have the Governor fill the vacancies through appointment:
“Voters should always have the final say at the ballot box as to who will represent them in the People’s House. After a couple of elections didn’t turn out their way, Sacramento’s liberal majority now wants to end fair elections and take away the right of the people to choose their own representatives so they can institutionalize their one-party rule at the State Capitol. We would expect this kind of thing in Cuba or North Korea, but not in a state like California with a proud tradition of direct democracy.
“This extreme measure is just the latest example of overreaching by an out-of-touch majority party that only cares about extending their grip on power. Sacramento liberals have already tried to silence the voice of the people with their efforts to weaken the initiative process and empower unelected bureaucrats. If passed, this proposal will truly be another step towards ending checks and balances in state government.”