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He’s bucking his party

[Re: “Budget cut for voting wrong?”— July 14] I’ve had my disagreements with Mr. Portantino, but my hat’s off to him for bucking his party by voting against the recently passed state budget.

The Democratic leadership is punishing him for voting his conscience instead of what the party demanded — the price one must pay for daring to vote what’s best for California, rather than what’s best for Democratic politics.

His political career may be over, but I salute him for risking it all for the good of California.

Bob Tanabe


La Cañada Flintridge