Last updated October 21st, 2022 at 3:31pm GMT.
Last updated October 21st, 2022 at 3:31pm GMT.
Voters will learn Rudy Salas is a self-serving Sacramento politician only looking out for himself. He has voted to make gas prices higher and has made inflation worst. David Valadao is bipartisan problem solver. He has fought to repeal the gas tax, to stop runaway spending, and to bring water to the Central Valley.
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Although California has the highest gas prices in the nation, Rudy Salas voted for a plan that could raise gas prices by 73 cents per gallon. Salas even skipped multiple votes to suspend or delay the gas tax. Now drivers are paying more at the pump because the gas tax recently increased by nearly 6 percent, and the average household is paying an extra two-thousand dollars a year because of skyrocketing gas prices.
Despite being paid a taxpayer-funded salary of nearly $120,000, Rudy Salas skipped almost 450 votes in the state Assembly. To make matters worse, he was in the Capitol building nearly 70% of the time for those missed votes. So, Salas was in Sacramento, he just wasn’t showing up to vote like he’s paid to do.
At a time of record inflation and sky-high prices on everything from gas to housing to diapers, Rudy Salas voted for a spending bill that could make inflation even worse. Since he’s been in the Assembly, Salas voted for budgets which could have increased government spending by 73 percent or by over one-hundred billion dollars. We can’t send big spender Rudy Salas to Congress.
As Chairman of the Audit Committee in the California Assembly, Rudy Salas is supposed to protect our tax dollars. But under his watch, the State of California has paid out $20 billion in fraudulent unemployment benefits, including more than $800 million in scam payments to criminals in California prisons.
NEW (10/13/22): SALAS: “Rudy’s the reason why your gas is so high.”
SOURCE: (Virtual Conversation with Barbara Lee, 10/11/22) (NRCC YouTube)
Rudy Salas said “I’m a tax and spend Democrat, liberal that’s tied to Biden, tied to Pelosi, tied to Gavin.”
SOURCE: (Indivisible Sonoma, Meet & Greet, 09/13/22)(NRCC YouTube) (NRCC YouTube Clipped Version)
B-ROLL of Rudy Salas in Washington, D.C. and refusing to answer questions about why he skipped nearly 450 votes in the Assembly
SOURCE: (Tracking Footage, Capitol Hill, 08/04/22) (NRCC YouTube)
Rudy Salas said “We’ve been able to deliver for the Valley”
SOURCE: (“32nd Assembly District debate: Rudy Salas and Tom Cotta, KGET News, 10/15/20) (3:20) (NRCC YouTube)
Rudy Salas said “I’ve been able to talk about my record that we’ve built over the last decade”
SOURCE: (ABC-Bakersfield, 23ABC News at 6am, 05/20/22) (NRCC YouTube)
B-ROLL local news footage saying Rudy Salas skipped a vote to suspend the gas tax vote: “Democrat Rudy Salas was one of eighteen Assemblymembers who did not vote on the proposal at all”
SOURCE: (KERO-BFL (ABC), 23ABC News at 6am, 03/15/22) (NRCC YouTube)
B-ROLL of Rudy Salas’s press conference in which a protester says “You’ve abstained from the gas tax four times, didn’t you?”
SOURCE: (Press Conference, 06/24/22) (NRCC YouTube)
Rudy Salas says “…But still way above what we were paying last year which was $4.14 a gallon”
SOURCE: (KBAK CBS, 06/24/22) (NRCC YouTube)
Rudy Salas said “More expensive way to get energy. Not the cheapest form”
SOURCE: (“WATCH: Rudy Salas. 32 Assembly District Candidate Interview,” TBC News Video, YouTube, 09/26/18) (23:50) (NRCC YouTube)
Rudy Salas said “We drive too far in the Valley to, to do anything”
SOURCE: (“WATCH: Rudy Salas. 32 Assembly District Candidate Interview,” TBC News Video, YouTube, 09/26/18) (NRCC YouTube)
David Valadao was born and raised in Hanford, California. As a lifelong resident of the Central Valley, he has been active in agriculture and dairy industry groups, as well as many local charities.
The Valadao family emigrated from the Azores Islands of Portugal to the United States in 1969. After settling in the Central Valley, Valadao’s father started a small dairy farm in the Central Valley in 1973. Valadao was born on April 14, 1977.
Valadao attended local schools, graduating from Hanford High School in 1995 and later attended the College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Valadao married his high school sweetheart, Terra, in 1999. Together, they have three beautiful children.
Valadao works on the family farm which consists of two dairies as well as farmland in Kings County, on which they grow alfalfa, almonds, corn, and wheat.
Intimately involved in the dairy industry, Valadao has taken on leadership roles within the California Milk Advisory Board, Western States Dairy Trade Association, and served as the Regional Leadership Council Chairman for Land O’ Lakes, Inc.
Congressman Valadao currently serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agricultural, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration. His work on this powerful subcommittee delivers crucial funding to the Central Valley’s ag community.
David is a proud son of the Central Valley. This community is his home and he’s always fought to do what’s right for the Valley. Californians need a strong voice they can trust representing them in Congress – someone who listens and understands that Central Valley residents just want an opportunity to provide and build a better life for their families.
NEW (09/13/22): Fox News: “Anti-tax Dem running for Congress has voted for at least 38 tax hikes in California.”
SOURCE: (Thomas Catenacci, ““Anti-tax Dem running for Congress has voted for at least 38 tax hikes in California,” Fox News, 09/09/22)
The San Joaquin Valley Sun: “Salas catches flak over missed votes to halt gas tax.
SOURCE: (Reid Stone, “Salas catches flak over missed votes to halt gas tax,” The San Joaquin Valley Sun, 03/24/22)
GV Wire: “Why did Valley Dems Skip Vote on Gas Tax Suspension?”
SOURCE: (David Taub, “Why did Valley Dems Skip Vote on Gas Tax Suspension?,” GV Wire, 03/16/22)
The San Joaquin Valley Sun: “Calif. Lawmakers reject GOP push to cut gas prices by 50 cents per gallon.”
SOURCE: (Reid Stone, “Calif. Lawmakers reject GOP push to cut gas prices by 50 cents per gallon,” The San Joaquin Valley Sun, 03/14/22)
San Francisco Chronicle: “California’s gas tax will increase on July 1. Here’s how much it will cost”
SOURCE: (Dustin Gardiner, “California’s gas tax will increase on July 1. Here’s how much it will cost,” San Francisco Chronicle, 05/02/22)
KPBS: “California’s gas tax increase raises already sky-high prices”
SOURCE: (Jacob Aere, “California’s gas tax increase raises already sky-high prices,” KPBS, 07/01/22)
The Los Angeles Times: “California lawmakers approve cap-and-trade extension.”
SOURCE: (Chris Megerian, “California lawmakers approve cap-and trade extension,” The Los Angeles Times, 07/17/17)
The Sacramento Bee: “Experts warn California’s ‘inflation relief’ could actually send high prices even higher.”
SOURCE: (David Lightman, “Experts warn California’s ‘inflation relief’ could actually send high prices even higher,” The Sacramento Bee, 06/28/22)
The Wall Street Journal: “U.S. Inflation Hits New Four-Decade High of 9.1%.”
SOURCE: (Gabriel T. Rubin, “U.S. Inflation Hits New Four-Decade High of 9.1%,” The Wall Street Journal, 07/13/22)
MarketWatch: “U.S. inflation climbs to new 41-year high of 9.1%, CPI shows, as gas prices surge.”
SOURCE: (Jeffry Bartash, “U.S. inflation climbs to new 41-year high of 9.1%, CPI shows, as gas prices surge,” MarketWatch, 07/13/22)
Associated Press: “Pandemic relief money spent on hotel, ballpark, ski slopes”
SOURCE: (Brian Slodysko, “Pandemic relief money spent on hotel, ballpark, ski slopes,” Associated Press, 3/23/22)
CNN Business: “All that stimulus is sending inflation higher”
SOURCE: (Anneken Tappe, “All that stimulus is sending inflation higher,” CNN Business, 4/9/21)
The New York Times: “. . . Biden’s stimulus is temporarily stoking inflation.”
SOURCE: (Jeanna Smialek, “A regional Fed analysis suggests Biden’s stimulus is temporarily stoking inflation.,” The New York Times, 10/18/21)
Bloomberg: “Diaper Inflation Wrecks Already-Strained Family Budgets in U.S.”
SOURCE: (Gerald Porter Jr., “Diaper Inflation Wrecks Already-Strained Family Budgets in U.S.,” Bloomberg, 07/09/21)
The Sacramento Bee: “California paid out $20 billion in fake unemployment claims. How much will it recover?”
SOURCE: (David Lightman, “California paid out $20 billion in fake unemployment claims. How much will it recover?,” The Sacramento Bee, 05/30/22)
KCRA: “EDD admitted to paying out $20 billion in fraud. Here’s what you could buy with that money.”
SOURCE: (Hilda Flores, “EDD admitted to paying out $20 billion in fraud. Here’s what you could buy with that money,” KCRA, 12/12/21)