■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) announced that she resigned her position as assistant Republican leader following the aftermath of the July 20 Republican Caucus meeting.
“Californians are struggling to make ends meet and unfortunately, what I have witnessed by the assembly Republican leader is a dereliction of duty to preserve and promote the American Dream for every single Californian,” said Melendez in a news release.
“Assemblyman Mayes’ actions on Cap-and-Trade demonstrate we no longer share the same leadership principles. I was elected by the people of my district to fight for a more affordable and decent California, a place where every Californian knows their child will have a better life than their own,” stated Melendez. “Regrettably, I can no longer, in good conscience, serve as the assistant Republican leader.”
She resigned three days after California’s cap-and-trade program was extended to 2030 by legislative vote. Melendez made it clear, however, that she did not resign her seat in the assembly, just the role of assistant Republican leader.
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and a portion of Hemet. It also includes the Riverside County unincorporated areas of Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo, and Winchester. Assemblyman Chad Mayes represents the 42nd Assembly District, which encompasses parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including San Jacinto and parts of Hemet.