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Tacos wrap up California Republican’s Assembly tenure

Tacos at Nixtaco in Roseville.
Tacos at Nixtaco in Roseville.

Tacos played the role of both villain and enticement in a wild 2016 election, and now they’re feeding a final hurrah.

In a race overflowing with controversial statements, a Latino Donald Trump supporter spurred controversy by warning of “taco trucks (on) every corner” if immigration continued unabated.

Much of the reaction – in addition to criticism that the statement carried racist undertones – took the form of bewilderment. Who doesn’t love tacos?Assemblyman David Hadley, R-Manhattan Beach, sure seems to.

“I’m okay with taco trucks,” Hadley said.

Throughout a bitter contest to retain his southern California seat, Hadley’s campaign regularly hosted “Taco Tuesday” nights for volunteers to phone bank, knock on doors and munch Mexican delicacies.

In the end, it wasn’t enough. Hadley lost his race to the Democrat he unseated in 2014, former Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi.

But Hadley is going out in style, inviting volunteers to Torrance on Sunday night for a final event featuring taco trucks, with an email proclaiming “retreat, and rendezvous at the taco truck!”

It also noted the his campaign “was squashed in 2016 by nearly $4.5 million in special interest money and the full might of the majority party’s political machine.”

Hadley remained upbeat in an interview: “Food brings people together,” he said.

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Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert