Why I’m Running for Governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (JUNE 10, 2021) Sacramento is broken – fractured by years of mismanagement by career politicians who are detached from the real-life challenges facing everyday Californians, and beholden to the special interests that bankroll their campaigns. 

I was born and raised in California. I’ve raised my family here, and built my business here. For most of our lives, California was the land of opportunity. In recent years, that hope has been eclipsed by a rising tide of crises and pathologies.

The “Golden State” has more homelessness and poverty than any other state in the country. Our housing costs and tax burdens are the highest in the nation. Health care is getting more costly and harder to access. Crime is rising, energy costs are spiraling up, and the ability to operate a business has become nearly impossible.

For the first time in state history, California has lost population, leading to the loss of a congressional seat. California used to be the land of opportunity. Now Californians have to leave the state to pursue their dreams.

These crises aren’t the result of COVID or events beyond our control. They’re man-made disasters stemming from years of bad policies and poor governance by career politicians in Sacramento. 

Chief among them is Gavin Newsom. His zig-zagging lockdowns, blueprints, tiers, and guidelines were very effective at crushing jobs and small businesses. 

He’s dithered and delayed fully re-opening schools for in-person instruction long after the science and data told us it was safe to do so – inflicting irreparable harm on an entire generation of students – learning loss from which it will take them years to recover.  All the while, his kids received in-person instruction at their private school.

He and his wife partied maskless with lobbyists at the swanky French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, swilling more than $10,000 in wine – while closing indoor dining and ordering the rest of us to shelter in place.

On Newsom’s watch $31 billion in unemployment benefits fraud vanished into the pockets of fraudsters and convicts and foreign criminal gangs, after four warnings that this would happen.

Newsom paraded around the state touting a $100 billion budget surplus only to be exposed by the non-partisan Legislative Analyst Office as concocted with budget tricks and slippery math. The real surplus is closer to $38 billion – which is still good news. So why did the Governor feel compelled to deceive Californians?  Why lie when the truth suffices?

We’ve hit a point of no return. Now is the time to reclaim the future of this great state for our children and their children. That’s why I am running for Governor.

I’m an independent businessman, not a career politician. I ran for Congress in 1998 on a promise to serve three terms and then go home. And I kept that promise.  I believe in doing what you said you would do.

Now I am running for Governor to fix what is broken in our great state – and then I will go home. 

As your governor: 

  • I’ll address the homelessness issue, not just throw taxpayer dollars at it.  I’ll help the homeless rejoin society by focusing on the mental illness and drug addiction at the heart of this human tragedy. The homeless are our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters. We’re not helping them by hiding them away in motel rooms. While respecting constitutional rights, we need to be able to compel treatment when necessary. 
  • I’ll make sure our schools are re-opened to full-time, in-person instruction. I will stand with students and parents, not the teachers union, and I’ll institute school choice, to maximize parental involvement.
  • Our families shouldn’t have to leave California to afford a home. I will clear the red tape that’s fueling rising housing costs so supply can meet demand. 
  • Years of state government interference has made health care more expensive and less accessible. I will expand competition and consumer choices, and keep government out of your health care decisions, including prohibiting government collection of personal medical information. 
  • Californians pay 70%-80% more than the rest of the nation for energy that is less reliable. We can lower costs and increase reliability by broadening energy generation and expanding consumer choice. 
  • I will end the reckless policy of releasing thousands upon thousands of dangerous criminals into our communities. As governor, the safety of you and your family will be a higher priority than the comfort of convicts.
  • I will modernize our water system – I will increase surface storage, rationalize our water delivery system and ensure our vital agriculture economy has the water it needs. 

Sacramento is broken. We’ve been electing people who are more interested in appeasing the special interests and pursuing their personal political agendas than in promoting the general welfare.  

It is in our power to overcome these challenges. It requires electing independent, common sense leadership that will put state government on the side of the working families and the law-abiding people of this state. I’m running for governor to provide that kind of leadership and for the sake of our children, to restore California as the land of opportunity.