Will it be a Valentine’s Day tax massacre? It might be up to Lou Correa

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State Senator Lou Correa probably wishes he had never promised not to vote to raise taxes.  But now he is stuck with that brave position.  And now his vote matters – a lot.

“The Orange County Democrat, who proudly campaigned in 2006 as “a different kind of Democrat,” still hasn’t committed to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg that he’ll support a negotiated budget pact with new taxes,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

Correa’s vote is the key vote, as it turns out.  The OC GOP will come after him big time in 2010, if he votes to increase taxes.  But if he doesn’t, then State Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg is going to be most unhappy.   The last Senate Leader, Don Perata, treated Correa like crap for not playing ball.  God only knows what Steinberg will do if Correa tanks the new budget.

Correa should do what he thinks is right, period.  I won’t abandon him if he breaks his tax pledge.  He is a good man and he is in a bind.  Something has to be done about the budget.  The problem was not created by Correa.  But he might end up getting dumped on no matter what he does.  Maybe he should have stayed on the O.C. Board of Supervisors?

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