No sticks, but one Stone and plenty of name-calling

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In a letter sent to Southern California newspapers, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone peppered his critique of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax plan with plenty of exclamation points, bold words and an extra helping of unsavory name calling.

Stone repeatedly referred to the governor as “Gov. Brown(nose).”

Stone, a Republican pharmacist from Temecula, called on voters to reject the governor’s tax proposals in November. He said new taxes shouldn’t be on the table until Brown stops caving in to unions, special interests and illegal immigrants.

“Until this Governor stops ‘Brown-nosing’ the special interests in Sacramento and truly begins to show real courage, demanding that all state employees share responsibility for fixing our budget woes, NO ONE should support his tax increases!!’ Stone wrote on county letterhead.


With the state facing a $16-billion deficit, Brown wants voters to pass a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax and hike taxes on individual incomes of more than $250,000.

Gil Duran, the governor’s spokesman, noted that Stone was the same politician who last year led an unsuccessful campaign to split California into two states – with 13 mostly inland, conservative counties breaking away to form a separate state of ‘South California.’'

“Mr. Stone was unsuccessful in his attempt to secede from California last year, but it appears he has had better luck seceding from reality,’’ Duran responded in an email.


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--Phil Willon in Riverside