Assemblyman Adams

Posted: 11/23/2009 09:37:29 PM PST

How nice it was to see the recall attempt against Assemblyman Anthony Adams flop.

We were against the recall for any number of reasons, as we editorialized in April when the effort was announced.

Recall should be reserved for cases of corruption, malfeasance or other criminal activity, in our opinion, not a reaction to a vote cast.

That’s especially true when the recall effort, if successful, would result in a recall election just a few months before the targeted officeholder is up for re-election, which was the case here. The whole thing would have wasted about $900,000 for a special election even though Republican voters will have a chance to oust Adams, R-Claremont, should they choose to, in the June primary.

It bugged us, too, that the whole impetus for the recall came from outside Adams’ district, which includes all or part of Apple Valley, Hesperia, Lake Arrowhead, Crestline, San Bernardino, Highland and Mentone. Some Orange County activists began the recall campaign, which was cheered on by Los Angeles talk-radio hosts.

Adams’ offense was that he was one of six Republican legislators who voted for temporary tax increases as part of the budget deal in February. That was when, as you recall, the state was running out of cash, was issuing IOUs to taxpayers and vendors, and couldn’t even borrow money to meet its obligations because it hadn’t reached a realistic budget deal. Lenders had no confidence in the state’s ability to pay
back loans.

That deal included more cuts to spending than additional tax revenue, but the vote by Adams and a few other Republicans to approve the compromise package infuriated the GOP core that holds the no-new-taxes pledge as not only the highest ideal, but as a political death-to-nonbelievers litmus test for Republicans.

We admired Adams for going out on that political limb, voting his conscience, trying to save California from going over the fiscal cliff. He made it clear he deplores higher taxes – which genuinely is his bent – but was putting the state’s well-being above his own political fortunes.

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