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    Assembly Member Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, has fired back at her rival in her state Senate campaign, Jeff Stone, for his suggestion that she acts like a prostitute.

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    California Gov. Jerry Brown meets with the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board for an endorsement interview at the Bee Thursday May 15, 2014 in Sacramento.

The Buzz: Bonnie Garcia’s campaign blasts GOP rival for ‘oldest profession’ link

Published: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014 - 12:17 am

Republican Bonnie Garcia’s state Senate campaign has denounced a comment attributed to rival Jeff Stone, saying he is equating her fundraising efforts with prostitution.

Stone condemned the influx of money to support Garcia in the GOP-dominated district in Riverside County. Among the contributors is moderate Republican benefactor Charles Munger Jr., a physicist whose Spirit of Democracy California committee has spent more than $300,000 on behalf of Garcia, a former assemblywoman.

“Ronald Reagan once said: ‘Politics is the second oldest profession, although it bears a close resemblance to the first,’ ” Stone said in the news release. “We can see this now first hand in this election.”

Garcia strategist Matt Rexroad said Stone’s critique goes too far. “They basically call Bonnie Garcia a whore,” Rexroad said. “This is politics at the worst, and should be denounced by any group that wants to see women elected to office at any level.”

Stone’s adviser rejected the link. “Those are their words, not ours,” Dave Gilliard said, sticking by the campaign’s assertions that Garcia would represent the interests of her financial supporters.

– Christopher Cadelago


BUDGET WATCH

Lawmakers’ passage of “rainy-day fund” legislation championed by Gov. Jerry Brown won plaudits Monday from Moody’s Investors Service. “This credit positive development reflects the new emphasis that California ... places on building reserve to cushion its finances from economic downturns,” Moody’s says. Last week’s measure, ACA 1, was approved overwhelmingly by the Legislature, but still must be ratified by voters in November. Moody’s current credit rating for California is A1 stable.

– Dan Walters


WORTH REPEATING

“Humanity is on a collision course with nature and we’re just going to have to adapt to it in the best way we can.”

Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking about climate change.



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