Vidak: Becerra an Improvement over Harris, but...

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today issued the following statement concerning Governor Brown’s appointment of Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) to be the state’s attorney general:

Congressman Becerra will certainly be an improvement on the previous state attorney general (Harris) who was imperious and particularly unknowledgeable about, and unresponsive and unhelpful to, residents of the Central Valley and other non-coastal areas.

While I believe Congressman Becerra will be more open to serving the entire state, I do have major concerns about his past votes and record against Second Amendment rights, against small businesses and against religious freedom.

Further, I was hoping to hear from Congressman Becerra about what he will do as attorney general on one of the greatest issues facing our state – the lack of water storage facilities, which are vitally needed to prevent flooding and droughts.

Congressman Becerra was given a chance during questioning at his Senate confirmation hearing last week to make clear which side of the water wars he is on – Is he with the radical enviros who will litigate against attempts to fund and build water storage projects, such as Temperance Flat and Sites, OR is he with the farmworkers, farmers and others whose livelihood depends on water?

Unfortunately, Congressman Becerra’s responses were not clear on the water issue.

The governor said he was hoping for “collaboration” from Republicans on the confirmation of his appointed attorney general.  Unfortunately, the governor forgot that collaboration should be a two-way street, not just a dictum from him to vote for his appointee.

Becerra was confirmed in the Senate on a party-line vote of 26 to 9.  Vidak voted against the confirmation.