By JEFF HORSEMAN / The Press-Enterprise
Republicans who endorsed state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside are the focus of scorn by a Palm Springs conservative radio talk show host and her husband.
Elise Richmond and her husband Bob, a former Riverside County GOP chairman, describe Roth as a “progressive, liberal Democrat” in calling out local Republican politicians for backing the senator, who is defending his seat next year.
Roth, whose 31st Senate District includes Riverside, Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, Moreno Valley and Perris, has been busy gathering support for his re-election bid. Republicans who have endorsed Roth include Sheriff Stan Sniff and county supervisors Marion Ashley, John Tavaglione and John Benoit.
“We are tired of Republicans, helping Democrats get a 2/3 majority in our state houses,” read a commentary on Elise Richmond’s website. “Call these Riverside County Republican elected officials and ask them if maybe they are all planning on endorsing Hillary Clinton, too. Are we are all then suppose to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016, too. Who knows?”
“Do these Republicans not know they are helping all Democrats on the ballot in 2016 to win? It is hard enough in California for Republicans to win. Why do we also have to fight Republicans that support Democrats? Why can’t all Republicans join together and just fight Democrat?”
In an emailed response, Roth, a retired Air Force general, said: “My 32 years in the Air Force taught me that public service is about working together to get things done.”
“The fact that my re-election campaign has earned such broad, bi-partisan support tells me that our elected officials, business owners, and community leaders share this collaborative vision of leadership. I am honored to have earned their support.”
So far, no one has filed papers to run against Roth, who defeated Republican Assemblyman Jeff Miller in 2012 in one of the most expensive state races in California.
While Roth shares the same party as Gov. Jerry Brown, it hasn’t helped him when it comes to legislation he’s sponsored.
The governor has repeatedly vetoed Roth’s bills to restore vehicle license fee revenue to four cities. Brown also vetoed Roth’s legislation that would have given the judge-starved Inland Empire more judgeships.