Today on his blog Sheriff Greg Solano announced that he would not seek the office of Lieutenant Governor any longer. I am sure that there will be more to come in the following months as it becomes clear who the front runners are for this position on the Democratic Party ballot.
Solano gave many reason for leaving the race but one rings only too honest and true. Our state has become one where money is one of the major factors on how well a candidate can do in a state wide or national race. Sadly our candidates spend far too much of their valuable time on the phone with donors and not enough time with the voters.
I have seen this happen far too many times in the last few years. I would hope that at some point our state leaders feel the need to enact campaign finance reform that would put a stop to allowing special interest groups and big businesses from buying power away for the voting public. This issue can only get worse as time goes on and at some point the voters will simple cease to matter when creating laws in this state.
Sheriff Solano is not the first and will not be the last candidate in our state to be out bid for an elected position until this problem is fixed. If we want honest fair minded un-brought candidates we need to demand reform so that pay-to-play scandals such as the healthcare reform bill become issues of the past and not the future for our state and our nation.