State Senator Bob Dutton left. Congressman Gary Miller right.

Monday, October 15, 2012 – 09:00 a.m.

The battle to represent the 31st Congressional District continues to heat up.

State Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has given terse response to a hit piece sent out by the campaign of Congressman Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

In the email, titled “In the Gutter with Gary Miller”, Dutton actually recites a line from Barack Obama’s playbook.

We had hoped the day would not come when my opponent decided he needed to crawl into the gutter and pull out his bag of dirty campaign tricks. He decided that instead of talking about his own record he would resort to the old practice of career politicians, “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.” I have pledged to run this campaign on my record as a local Councilmember, a State Assembly Member and State Senator.

The response comes on the heels of Miller sending out a mailer with a photo of Dutton sleeping during a floor session and criticizing him for voting on several unbalanced budgets.