Why vote for Tony Teora?
On Tuesday November 4th many people will go to the polls and many others won’t. It is estimated that only 23% of young Americans will vote. If you look at how elections are run, with campaigns spending millions of dollars smearing opponents and misrepresenting the truth, it’s no wonder why people are discouraged. Many young people don’t have your standard TV channels, but use the internet to get their news. I watch TV maybe twice a week, and that’s more than enough, especially this week with all the campaign ads.
The sad truth is that most candidates are indebted to corporate or special interests. The candidate may have good intentions but they are quickly steam rolled over by the political money machine.
If you do a google search asking: ‘Why politicians run for office?’ you will notice that by the time you write: ‘Why politicians…’ that google will show you the top searches. The top three are:
“Why politicians lie?”
Why politicians are bad”
“Why politicians are corrupt”
So, is this is the image of politicians? I think it is because whoever gets elected is owned by special interests. Politicians say one thing to get elected and then vote according to the money they are provided. Thus, many lie to get elected. That is part of the corruption.
I’m not a career politician and I think that is a good thing. My public finance forms, like others, are available to the public. I did not accept one penny from special interests or corporations. Try to find another candidate in a major party that can make that honest claim. I’m running against an incumbent in my own party, and although I respect and share many of Assembly Brian W. Jones’s positions, I do not share in taking corporate or special interest money. He and I differ on education, climate change and social issues. I am a fiscal conservative but moderate on the social issues. You will not see me on some slick TV advertisement or billboard. You would need to search to find me, and if you did, I would greatly appreciate your vote on November 4th. Someone recently asked me why I was running. Well, at the age of 51 my wife and I just had our first child, Anthony Jr., a little over a month ago. I’m running because of the future I think possible for my child and for all Californians. The middle class is being destroyed financially. There are many reasons. I plan to work to fight for the middle class and people’s freedom and liberty. Vote for me on Tuesday November 4th and if elected I promise to do what’s right for the people of California and America, not some special interest group.
Vote for Tony Teora on November 4th!
People wonder how money influences the vote of our elected officials. Since this is the digital age, it’s nice that this can be found online if one looks. For example, ‘Follow The Money’ has a site at http://beta.followthemoney.org/entity-details?eid=13008835 where you can see our Assemblyman incumbent Brian W. Jones. It shows for example that he has accepted $16,000 from Philip Morris, the maker of cigarettes. Now, I like supporting business, but I think there are better companies to support than the tobacco industry that over the years has increased nicotine, thus making cigarettes more addictive. My father died of lung cancer when the cigarette companies were telling folks there was no connection to smoking and cancer. Assemblyman Brian W. Jones is sending out letters talking about removing drug offenders from food stamps yet he supports the legal drug addiction of American. Smoking is estimated at killing about 500,000 Americans a year. I ask Brian W. Jones: “Where is your moral authority to talk about illegal drug offenders when you support drugs that kill 500,000 Americans a year?”
I, Tony Teora will never accept money from the tobacco industry. Please support me in November.
Tony Teora for State Assembly 2014
Assemblyman Brian W. Jones- What’s Going on with the Money?
Can California and the American Republic survive without privacy and the Fourth Amendment?
As most Californians should be aware, all your Google searches, emails, online files transfers and online traffic is stored for monitoring by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Many of our Constitutional rights have been watered down over the years, are we ready to give up the Fourth Amendment, the right against unreasonable searches and seizures? The framers of the constitution would have considered your emails and online activity personal effects covered under the Fourth Amendment. I think if these transgressions are not corrected it will be the end of America as any of us has ever known it.
But I will not give up without a fight. If you elect me in November I promise to support bills like SB 828, “A Citizen’s Protection Act”. This bill would protect 38 million Californians by forbidding state agencies or their employees from turning over information to the NSA (such as DMV records).
We should prevent the NSA from collecting data on law abiding citizens without a warrant. That is not the America I was brought up, and I don’t want my children living in a surveillance police state. You shouldn’t either. Privacy is paramount to freedom and liberty.
Tony Teora for State Assembly 2014
Assemblyman Brian W. Jones, when you first went to Sacramento you said some of your colleagues working there were wholly owned by special interests. My question to you is how are you holding out against those Sacramento ‘special interests’ ? According to public records your campaign took money from Republic Services of Southern Nevada. Nevada? I thought you represented California. According to funding numbers I see you’ve raised out of state funds totaling close to $45,000. Why do you need funds out of state? Which state are you representing anyway with all that money? I see you have accepted money from lawyers and lobbyists. You have accepted money from tobacco companies, from Wal-Mart, from oil and telecom companies. I would need pages of text to list all the corporate money you raised. Surely the $300,000 plus in your fundraising in no way sways your vote in Sacramento?
Who Are You Kidding Assemblyman Brian W. Jones?
I see that you recently voted against a campaign finance law which some of your Republican colleagues voted in support. This bill SB-27 gives more transparency to the voters for multi-purpose organizations who are increasing their political activities (campaign contributions) in California. Hearing your past views on the influence of money in Sacramento I would have thought you would have supported this kind of transparency. Why did you vote against the campaign finance transparency added in SB-27? This bill was originally called the ‘California Shine the Light’ law. The voters of California have a right to know who is pulling the voting levers in Sacramento. I and others would love to hear why you voted against this bill and why you need to accept money out of state.
Tony Teora for State Assembly
We need more bills like State Assembly bill AB1839 that supported $100 million in Film and TV tax credits to support California business and jobs. I, Tony Teora, would have pushed for at least $500 million in tax credits. (NY has $420 million and is taking business away from the Golden State). Losing businesses like Toyota to Texas must stop. Having Rick Perry come to California in a Tesla looking at other California poaching opportunities should be a wake-up call. If elected to the State Assembly I promise to sponsor bills to help business and people’s paychecks, not just talk and complain about being over-taxed as many of our other legislators do.
You can listen to a radio interview by Miriam Raftery for East County Magazine Show on KNSJ here.
The drought and recent fires are an examples of climate change that is right in our face. To try and state otherwise to the public is a disservice to our community. We need to work together in this state to prepare and prevent. As the saying goes – ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’
Tony was recently featured in a story in East County Magazine.
Teora hopes to give incumbent Brian Jones a true run for his money this year in this heavily Republican district, appealing to fiscally responsible, socially progressive voters seeking to change politics-as-usual in Sacramento.
Read the full story here.