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Poizner Visits Mother Lode As He Eyes Governor’s Office

Sonora, CA — California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner was in the Mother Lode Friday meeting with officials in Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador Counties.

Poizner also spoke to members of the Calaveras County Republican Party, the Republican Party of Ebbetts Pass and the Calaveras County Republican Women’s Federated.

“I’ve been camping with my family in the Pinecrest area for decades because we love the area, and it is going to be a very important part of my campaign to hear from folks who live in the gold country, and find out what issues are facing the area,” says Poizner. “The state of California is going through a major crisis right now, and the issues facing people in Los Angeles and San Diego are not necessarily the same as the people in central and northern California. I’m traveling up and down the state in order to hear first hand how things are going with schools, jobs and the healthcare systems.”

Rather than sign the recent budget package, he wishes Governor Schwarzenegger would have sent it back to the legislature because it only addressed “half of the problem.”

Poizner states, “About $13 billion of the package was just ‘smoke and mirrors.’ It was nothing more than accounting gimmicks.”

He says that his two top priorities as Governor would be to “bring jobs back to California,” and to “fix the public school system” so that students are more competitive in the workplace upon graduation.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.