Costa, Hahn, Lofgren, Slam Republican Op-Eds
Jim Costa, Janice Hahn, and Zoe Lofgren are co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on California High-Speed Rail – and they’re not happy about recent Republican attacks on high speed rail in the pages of the Sacramento Bee. They responded to op-eds by Jeff Denham and Kevin McCarthy with their own op-ed in the Bee over the weekend:
Each of us is entitled to our own opinion, but as Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, we are not entitled to our own facts….
They write of unrealistic ridership estimates and claim that “one analysis after another has raised these red flags” but do not point to credible evidence. McCarthy and his colleagues in Congress did call for a federal review of the ridership estimates by the independent Government Accountability Office. But far from raising any red flags, the GAO found that the California High-Speed Rail Authority is using industry-standard processes to analyze and estimate ridership, and made no recommendations for changes in how it is being calculated. Similarly, the independent legislative peer review group and leading academic experts from around the world have corroborated their work.
They then offer this sick burn on Denham and McCarthy:
They say that opposition to the project is at an all-time high. But recent polls show support for the project is higher now than when California voters approved funding in 2008. And Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin – a supporter of high-speed rail – won 300,000 more votes in her unsuccessful campaign for state controller than the Republican gubernatorial candidate, who had made his opposition to high-speed rail a central campaign issue.
It’s good to see these Democrats pushing back, and the whole op-ed is worth reading. About time they called out the lies and distortions of Congressional Republicans, especially when it comes to high speed rail.