CA Rep Accuses State Dems Of "Dancing" To Tom Steyer's "Flute" CA Assemblyman Accuses State Dems Of “Dancing” To Tom Steyer’s “Flute”

CA Assemblyman Accuses State Dems Of “Dancing” To Tom Steyer’s “Flute”

As California's House passed an extension of the Golden State's emissions program, one GOP legislator ripped Dems for "dancing to the flute of a rich hedge fund billionaire who is running for governor.  

By NTK Staff | 08.24.2016 @1:11pm

California Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Plumas Lake) accused state Democrats of “dancing to the flute of a rich, hedge-fund billionaire,” Tom Steyer, and “put[ting] your people out of work.”

Tom Steyer was seen speaking to legislators near the floor of the Assembly, even though he is not a registered lobbyist with the state. Steyer defended his presence by claiming it was a coincidence he was there.

Steyer is widely considered a gubernatorial candidate for California. He has spent $22 million in the 2016 cycle, after spending $75 million in 2014.

What’s more, Sacramento Bee‘s Dan Walters points out the state’s cap-and-trade program is wildly underperforming expectations: California “realized just $8.4 million” from the program in August, when Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators had projected “about $600 million each quarter.”

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