Last summer, with Sacramento gridlocked over the budget, Sen. Jeff Denham stood firm, despite tremendous pressure, and did not vote for a budget he viewed as reckless and a threat to future educational, road and public safety funding. He said then, "Without a fiscally responsible budget, California will face an even larger budget deficit next year." Denham reached out to Democratic Senate leader Don Perata to discuss options to reach a compromise. Perata's response: "Take it or leave it."
Denham refused to be bullied. Unfortunately, Perata got the budget he supported by borrowing from the future. Six months later, California is in a state of emergency; services to its citizens are being cut like never before.
Now, Perata and some of his liberal special-interest colleagues, content to increase government spending without limitations, have targeted Denham for recall. Their action is despicable and a blatant attempt by the Democratic leadership to gain a supermajority in the California Senate.
Denham's support for a fiscally sound and balanced budget should not be grounds for a recall.
JOEL J. KNOX