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Supervisor Peter Foy, Chairman, Americans For Prosperty - California

February 16, 2010

[Publisher's Note: As part of an ongoing effort to bring original, thoughtful commentary to you here at the FlashReport, I am pleased to present this column from Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy. Foy also heads up the California efforts for Americans for Prosperity - Flash]

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Today, I’m announcing my endorsement of Steve Poizner for Governor.  I’ll let the official press release and my friends on Steve’s campaign address any news we make today, but I wished to offer these additional thoughts in theFlashReport.

This endorsement was not a difficult choice, as you can see from the many California conservatives who are also supporting Steve.  They know he is a reliable Republican, and ready to serve as our state’s chief executive.  I believe he will bring to the job both a focused energy and an admirable enthusiasm, and will lead our state forward from the very difficult circumstance we find ourselves in today.

Much of this year’s campaign will center upon plans for dealing with our budget crisis, addressing skyrocketing unemployment and jump-starting economic growth.  This is as it should be.  But I also hope this endorsement will speak to an equally devastating crisis in state government: The consistent lack of performance and paucity of ideas from the Democrats in the State Legislature and, quite frankly, the Democrats who hold significant sway in the Schwarzenegger Administration.

As much as any statewide elected official, Steve Poizner has spoken up for taxpayers’ rights and a common-sense approach to governing – and taken action against many of the most severe and dangerous proposals advanced by the left-leaning special interests who control the Sacramento debate.  He has also put his money where his beliefs reside and helped our party and its supporters when we needed it most.

We all know that the race for the GOP nomination will be a tough campaign and the stakes could hardly be higher.  As much as any time I can remember (even more so than the 2003 recall of the failed Gov. Gray Davis), Californians are fed up with Sacramento, demanding a new direction and giving Republican ideas a long and detailed deliberation.  Because of this, we have an extraordinary opportunity to restore a culture of responsibility and – there’s no other way to put it – a sense of sanity to our state government.

As much as anything else, we need to have confidence in our Governor and a belief in the values and principles he or she will bring to the job.  But I ask you today to consider something perhaps even more important.  We must also evaluate the judgment and instinct of our candidate and give special consideration to how they will approach those challenges and circumstances we do not foresee today.  Whatever the issue, I am confident Steve Poizner will not veer off the conservative course.

In the final days of his 1980 campaign for President, Ronald Reagan summed up his essential message to voters, asking a single but central question: “Are you better off now, then you were four years ago?”  In 2010, Republicans should ask themselves the same question.

For me, and for many, and I believe for the state of California, we will be far better off four years from now with Steve Poizner as our Governor.

Peter Foy is California Chairman of Americans for Prosperity, a Ventura County Supervisor and a successful business owner.

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