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Buckles under pressure and then decides to not take a stand at all

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Assemblymember David Hadley has decided again to duck and run when it comes to decisions that matter to the people of the South Bay. In a pattern that has become his signature move in Sacramento, Hadley sidesteps an issue by taking no stand at all and then pretends like he has actually taken a stand. In this case, he announced, in an Op-ed, that he would make a non-decision in the Presidential race by voting for neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, his Republican party’s nominee.

What’s more, it came not because of months of inexcusable racist and sexist comments from Trump, but because pressure was mounting politically to make a decision.

“His indecision in the Presidential race was one that probably came only after intensive polling by the campaign. It wasn’t because Trump is a racist, a xenophobe or someone who maligned a Gold Star father. It was only because he knows that his affiliation with Trump isn’t politically expedient. Even then he still doesn’t make a decision. But why is this surprising given that Hadley regularly sidesteps difficult issues to avoid the truth: that he is too conservative for this moderate district,” said Mike Shimpock, campaign consultant.

Hadley’s failure to make a decision in the Presidential race is just another example of how out-of-touch he is with this moderate, bipartisan district:

  • Repeatedly voted against funding for our schools
  • Voted in lockstep with his extremist Republican colleagues against laws to protect our beaches and air from pollution and oil spills
  • Refused to support “one person, one vote” protections for voters
  • Took $25,000 from the oil companies and opposed clean air regulations
  • Voted with Republicans to cut Health Insurance for children
  • Opposed health care funding for patients suffering from AIDS/HIV

Republican David Hadley was elected by a 0.5% margin in the lowest turnout election in recorded California history with the aid of nearly $1 million in donations from a single billionaire, and has repeatedly voted against the interests of his moderate, bipartisan district.

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