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Calif. Democrat John Burton endorses Reagan, tongue firmly in cheek
Calif. Democrat John Burton endorses Reagan, tongue firmly in cheek

For nearly a decade starting in the mid-1960s, Ronald Reagan was California governor and Assemblyman John Burton was his liberal nemesis in Sacramento. The two battled over school funding, mental healthcare and other social welfare programs. Burton continued his opposition during the two years in Congress he overlapped with President Reagan, before eventually returning to Sacramento for another long stint in the Legislature. Today, Reagan is a Republican saint. Burton serves in the decidedly more secular role of chairman of the California Democratic Party. He is, to understate matters, no great fan of Reagan. “Affable,” Burton said, but his “policies weren’t good.” All of which makes...

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