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Bring common sense back to California: Doug Ose

Bring common sense back to California: Doug Ose

Sacramento is broken — fractured by years of mismanagement by career politicians who are detached from the real-life challenges facing everyday Californians.

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

The Golden State has more homelessness and poverty than any other state in the country. Housing costs and health care are becoming more costly and difficult to access. Crime is rising, energy costs are spiraling up, and operating a business has become nearly impossible.

These crises are man-made disasters stemming from years of bad policies and poor governance.

Chiefly responsible is Gavin Newsom. His zig-zagging lockdowns and over-regulations have crushed jobs and small businesses, and inflicted long-term harm on our children.

Newsom bowed to unions and delayed fully re-opening schools long after the science and data told us it was safe to open. All the while, his kids received in-person instruction at their private school.

Newsom and his wife partied maskless with elite Sacramento lobbyists at a swanky Napa Valley restaurant, swilling more than $ 10,000 in wine — while ordering small businesses to close and all of us to shelter in place.

On Newsom’s watch, $ 31 billion in unemployment benefits vanished into the pockets of thieves, after he ignored four warnings that this would happen.

Now is the time to reclaim the future of this great state for our children’s future.

I’m an independent businessman. I ran for Congress in 1998 on a promise to serve three terms and then go home. And I kept that promise.

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 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.

• I will end the reckless policy of releasing thousands of dangerous criminals into our communities.

• I’ll address the homelessness issue by focusing on the mental illness and drug addiction at the heart of this problem. While respecting constitutional rights, we need to be able to compel treatment when necessary.

• I will clear the red tape that’s fueling rising housing costs so supply can meet demand.

• Californians pay roughly 75% 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 modernize our water system by increasing surface storage, rationalizing our water delivery system and ensuring our agriculture economy has the water it needs.

I’m running for governor to provide independent, common-sense leadership for the sake of our children and to restore California as the land of opportunity.

Doug Ose previously represented California’s 3rd Congressional District.


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