Frank Scotto for South Bay Assembly District 66
Since 2012, representation of Assembly District 66 has alternated between Democrats and Republicans, reflective of a robust political culture in the South Bay district.
Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, was first elected to serve the district in 2014.
Two years later, he was unseated by Republican David Hadley, who in his short time in the Legislature championed civil asset forfeiture reform.
In 2016, Muratsuchi was re-elected, aided by a cynical political campaign strategy in which Muratsuchi supporters linked Hadley to Donald Trump. This happened despite the fact that Hadley voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in that year’s presidential elections.
This time, Muratsuchi is facing another credible Republican challenger, who, in our view, deserves the nod: former Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto.
Backed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Scotto can be expected to stand up for the best interests of taxpayers in a state with some of the highest taxes in the country.
In a conversation with our editorial board, Scotto made clear that he understands the frustrations of California in both in the district and across the state about a broken status quo.
While Muratsuchi expressed some concerns about high-speed rail project, and to his credit recently supported an audit of the boondoggle, Scotto would rather devote the tens of billions of dollars that could be thrown into that particular money pit into more productive uses.
To his credit, Muratsuchi responded to a question about a potential split roll property tax system by indicating his continued support for Prop. 13.
But while Muratsuchi positions himself as a more moderate Democrat, the reality is that on the big issues, he can readily be expected to go along with the status quo. This ranges on issues from Senate Bill 1 to less defensible nanny state policies micromanaging what drinks are the default beverage of children’s meals at restaurants or how plastic straws are distributed.
From our perspective, the state of California needs leaders who are able to show greater restraint in how they exercise the power of government. While we don’t necessarily agree with Scotto on everything — he, for example, needs to sharpen his understanding of criminal justice reforms if he’s going to advocate for more prison construction — he’s closer to the sort of leadership the Assembly needs than Muratsuchi.
Accordingly, we endorse Frank Scotto.
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