Ose, Bera joust over
a hike in gasoline tax
Republican Doug Ose, the once-and-potentially future congressman, hopped out of his pickup truck Friday and soon was conversing with a woman at a Chevron on Fair Oaks Boulevard.
“My opponent, Ami Bera, wants to raise your gas taxes,” Ose said Friday, handing her a flier. “That’s not good,” she said, before driving off.
Ose had invited the media to join as he walked from pump to pump warning unsuspecting customers about Bera’s position on fuel taxes. His handout noted that Bera in a 2010 telephone town hall said raising the gas tax to reduce consumption was “worth exploring.”
“If you have to spend $10, or $15 or $20 extra to fill your tank, that takes away from what you need to buy groceries or pay rent,” Ose said.
Later, he discussed global warming with Oliver Smith, 68, of Sacramento. “I am skeptical because of the science being sketchy,” Ose said. Smith, a nutritionist, agreed. “It’s a political issue and they are using it to job us,” he said.
“I’m flattered by the question and I have to consider it.”