Tribune endorses Blakeslee in special election
June 13, 2010
The Tribune endorsed Sam Blakeslee Sunday for the special June 22 election, calling the Republican assemblyman, “the best bet when it comes to representing the interests of San Luis Obispo County in the state Senate.” [Tribune]
Blakeslee is running against Democrat John Laird and two other candidates in the special election, prompted by Abel Maldonado’s recent confirmation as the state lieutenant governor.
“In the final analysis, Blakeslee’s proven record of service to his constituents here tipped the scale for us,” the Tribune argued.
“He’s been responsive and hardworking, and he’s been willing to tackle the real-world problems of local residents. The Los Osos sewer project is a perfect example. When that project foundered, Blakeslee rescued it by sponsoring legislation that brought it under control of the county.
“We also applaud Blakeslee’s efforts to force a more comprehensive study of a new earthquake fault discovered off Diablo Canyon — though we wish he had taken that a step further and urged a delay of a relicensing decision until that study is complete. And while the opposition has tried to paint Blakeslee as a “Drill, baby, drill” proponent, his support for offshore drilling has been limited to the Tranquillon Ridge project off Santa Barbara — a position shared by some environmental groups.”
If none of the four candidates get 50 percent plus one vote on the 22nd, the top two candidates advance to an August runoff.