Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley “failed in his capacity to represent Republicans” by voting for cap-and-trade and should resign from his leadership post, GOP Assemblyman Travis Allen said Thursday, Aug. 3.
A GOP candidate for governor from Orange County, Allen said Mayes “used caucus resources to defend a vote that is clearly not shared by a majority of Republicans elected in California.”
“Putting his own interests above those of the caucus shows poor leadership and it’s time for him to step down,” Allen said in a phone interview.
Mayes’ office did not respond to a request for comment.
Allen said there are “a number of great candidates” who can take over for Mayes. “I will not be one of them,” he said.
Mayes, who has GOP leader since 2016, has been the focus of intense backlash from conservatives angered by his July vote to extend California’s cap-and-trade program until 2030. The program sells pollution allowances to businesses, with the number of allowances gradually lowered to curb the emission of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
Supporters say cap-and-trade is vital to preventing global warming. Critics contend the program will lead to higher gas prices.
Mayes, who represents parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, was one of eight Republicans to vote for cap-and-trade.
He said Republicans managed to get major concessions for their votes, including the end of an annual fire prevention fee paid by rural property owners. The extension saves Californians $16 billion in fees and regulations, Mayes added.
Mayes’ explanation has done little…
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