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BEN RICH, San Clemente

Let’s really set the record straight when it comes to Sen. Bates and her “alternative facts.”

Her claim that she is responsible for awarding state funds to support housing in our community is simply not true. And, unfortunately, we are bound to see her claim credit for just about any resources the state allocates to our community—even if she votes against the funding (she is up for election in two years).

Consider her claim that “legislators have a responsibility to ensure the funds are distributed fairly.” This is false.

First, the state constitution does not give her the official authority she claims (check for yourself—Article 4). Second, she simply does not have the political influence to make or direct anything.

Consider the simple fact that the State Senate currently has 30 Democrats and nine Republicans (one seat vacant). Republican Bates could almost meet with her caucus in a telephone booth.

Whatever your politics, let’s insist that politicians not use “alternative facts” to mislead the public.

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