Debate Report: Buster’s Descent into Confusion Continues
“The Supervisor either is no longer capable of distinguishing fact from fiction, or he simply doesn’t care” says Jeffries
(Riverside, CA) Monday, October 8th proved to be an astonishing evening for an audience of voters and media representatives attending a debate between small business owner Kevin Jeffries and 20-year incumbent Supervisor Bob Buster.
In what appears to now be an on-going and troubling problem for the long-time politician, the incumbent has once again made several shocking mis-statements and errors that left members of the audience scratching their heads. His apparent inability to recognize a red stop sign being waved by the time-keeper in his face multiple times through the evening as he repeatedly rambled well beyond his allotted time with a variety of standard political distortions common to campaigns was noted by many, but Buster then made the following three statements that defy reality entirely:
1) The incumbent claimed that he never voted to endorse the early release of criminals, yet Riverside County Resolution 2011-078, passed on March 22, 2011 on a 3-2 vote, with Buster casting the deciding vote, specifically endorsed Governor Jerry Brown’s realignment plan, the primary controversial features of which were known to be the early release of prisoners and $58 billion in new taxes for all Californians.
2) Throughout the debate Buster attempted to drag partisan politics into the local race - but only succeeded in proving that he is incredibly out of touch when he told the audience that (at some point during the last 6 years) Republicans had achieved majority control of the California State Assembly – when in reality it had occurred nearly 17 years ago and only for a short period of time.
3) In a vain attempt to defend his own six-figure pension and the highest compensation package of any member of the Board of Supervisors, Buster attempted to argue that Jeffries has no right to demand that Supervisor salaries be reduced, when Jeffries had never cut his own salary as a lawmaker. Once again, the incumbent proved he is shockingly out of touch with current events, as Jeffries had already previously taken an 18% salary cut, and does not receive a government pension for his service, nor will he take one if elected as the next First District Supervisor.
“Coming on the heels of Busters political hit piece in which he completely lied about my voting record on 33 of 34 bills he accused me of supporting, Monday night’s performance by Buster has me further convinced that the Supervisor either is no longer capable of distinguishing fact from fiction, or he simply doesn’t care,” said Jeffries. “At best, his mis-statements suggest that he is completely out of touch with current events and state policy, or at worst, he simply doesn’t care whether he is wrong, because he knows the media is unlikely to expose his fabrications.”
“Contrary to the erratic performance by the incumbent, I thought I did a good job of making my points about the need for fresh, new leadership in the 1st District Supervisor Office. We need a new approach to how citizens and small businesses are treated by their government, and I believe my record of public service and experience in small business makes me the right person to do that. I also emphasized my support from Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and the California Small Business Association as indications of the confidence that others have in my candidacy.”
The full video of the debate will be available in its entirety on the League of Women Voters of Northwest Riverside County website: http://www.riversideleague.com/
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