California State Senator Shannon Grove and Congressmember David Valadao’s districts’ overlap and both are part of the San Joaquin Valley Republican establishment. But their attitudes concerning the Biden/ Harris administration differ.
Both politicians have been criticized for their actions during President Trump’s last two weeks in office. The Republican caucus in the California State Senate booted Grove from her leadership role as Republican Minority Leader after she tweeted that ANTIFA was responsible for the violence at the Capitol on January 6. She quickly deleted the tweet but the damage to her credibility was done.
Valadao was roundly criticized by the establishment for voting to impeach Trump in the Congress.
Being pushed to the margins of power in the Republican Party though has not united them in spirit. Here are Grove and Valadao’s statements concerning yesterday’s inauguration.
“SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement after the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States:
“Today the 46th President of the United States was sworn into office. I join many Americans across our country in praying for our leaders and nation. California Republicans have seen first-hand the consequences of far-left policies. Republicans will continue to bring balance and fight to restore both the California and American Dream through peaceful and productive civic engagement,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.”
“WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman David G. Valadao released the following statement after Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States:
“Today, I was honored to witness the peaceful transition of power from one world leader to the next. We are so blessed to live in a nation where leadership of the free world is passed along without war, but rather, with regularity. This core principle is a large part of what makes America the greatest country in the world. I am committed to working with the Biden Administration to bring real solutions to the Central Valley, like securing more water for California communities and farmers, facilitating widespread distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to rural communities, and providing serious relief for small business owners.”