Newly-chosen candidate Carly Fiorina (R CAND, CA-SEN) had a conference call today, and spoke somewhat about an issue of some interest to both myself and the California agricultural community: the delta smelt.
For those who are unaware: the delta smelt is, to quote Rep George Radanovich (R, CA-19), "a worthless little worm that needs to go the way of the dinosaur" - mostly because it's a two-inch fish whose protection under the Endangered Species Act caused the government to turn off the water in the San Joaquin Valley. That cost the state of California almost a billion dollars in lost revenue... and it turns out that the stupid fish aren't even in (alleged) danger from agricultural needs; they're in (alleged) danger from Sacramento sewage.
We will now pause while our Californian readers murmur, "Not surprised at all."
So, Carly mentioned it in her opening remarks, I followed up on it, and Carly made it clear that she thinks that Barbara Boxer is still supportive of the Delta smelt because:
...the extreme environmentalists to whom [Boxer's] been beholden for some time have captured her theology; and that she truly believes, that at all costs, against all compassion and common sense, that fish are more important than families.
I have to say: this is my opinion of Boxer's motivations, too - explicitly including the fact that it's theological in nature. Nice that we're going to get this on the record.
PS: Carly for California.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.