By failing to compromise on the 2007 state budget, Jeff Denham was able to gain statewide name recognition for his next round of political musical chairs -- by representing his own self-interests in promoting himself for the job of lieutenant governor in 2010. This was done at the expense of his district's voters, who are dependent every year on the budget being passed on time to fund vital state programs.
Just as voters were dissatisfied with Gov. Davis in 2003, when he was recalled (in part by the $2 million spent by Rep. Darrell Issa), voters in the 12th District are dissatisfied with the overall performance of Denham and are calling for his recall (in part with money from Sen. Don Perata).
District voters must be concerned over the role special-interest groups play in keeping Denham in office. The Cal-Access Web site reports the Friends of Jeff Denham Against the Recall expended $2.25 million from Jan. 1 to May 17.