Capitol Alert

Carly Fiorina doubles down on Delta smelt

Carly Fiorina: 'I never graduated from law school'

At the California GOP convention, vice-presidential candidate Carly Fiorina discusses dropping out of getting her law degree.
Up Next
At the California GOP convention, vice-presidential candidate Carly Fiorina discusses dropping out of getting her law degree.

BURLINGAME – Picking up on Sen. Ted Cruz’s criticism of environmental protections for fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Carly Fiorina, Cruz’s newly-announced running mate, moved Saturday to reinforce his presidential campaign’s appeal to conservatives and farm interests in the Central Valley.

Returning to California, where she lost her bid for U.S. Senate in 2010, Fiorina told delegates at the state Republican Party convention here that protections for the threatened Delta smelt were a product of the “tyranny of the left, the tyranny of environmentalists.”

Her remarks echoed those of Cruz, who told delegates earlier in the day that “three-inch fish go great with cheese and crackers.”

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz mixed some nightclub schtick with serious criticism of current regulations and policies as he addressed California's GOP convention on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Burlingame. His biggest laugh line

The appeal reflected the significance to Cruz’s campaign of voters in the more conservative, inland reaches of the state.

According to a Field Poll last year, half of California voters – and 61 percent of voters in the Central Valley – said the state should be allowed to bypass environmental regulations protecting fish and the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region when facing serious water shortages.

Frustration with environmental regulations among Republicans traditionally runs even higher.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, making his pitch to the GOP convention crowd in Burlingame on Saturday, April 30, 2016, touted his running mate, Carly Fiorina, saying that the former corporate boss "terrifies" Democratic candidate

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

Related stories from Sacramento Bee

  Comments