Washington (CNN) - Two conservative candidates for statewide office in California came to the nation's capital on Friday to take aim at their state, which they said is suffocating in taxes and regulation, and to hold themselves out as its saviors.
“We are the laboratory of every horrific government lab experiment in America,” Chuck DeVore thundered before a stirred-up audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a three-day event showcasing hard-right ideas and players.
DeVore, a member of the California Assembly, is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
He conjured Ronald Reagan, who he said was an example of the good that California has produced. DeVore also cited what he termed as the bad – Democratic lawmakers Barbara Boxer, who he wants to unseat, and Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker.
“Ladies and gentlemen, you must beware what happens in California,” DeVore said.
The other candidate at CPAC who used California as a foil to his own views was Steve Poizner.
Poizner, the state’s top insurance regulator and a former Silicon Valley technology executive, wants to be the Republican nominee for governor. He chronicled California’s economic malaise.
“It couldn’t get much worse than it is today,” Poizner said. “We’re going to take our state back.”