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The Buzz: Grover Norquist calls John Burton’s comments on Reagan ‘childish’

Burton chided for his

comments about Reagan

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist’s plan to name 3,000 items after former President Ronald Reagan – including a mountain overlooking Las Vegas – drew a tongue-in-cheek endorsement from California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton.

Burton, a former state legislator, said in the open letter Monday that he remembers “fondly” when then-Gov. Reagan signed the largest tax increase in more than a century and approved a bill that “liberalized abortion,” the Therapeutic Abortion Act.

“I think it’s wonderful that you’re willing to honor somebody who has such a liberal progressive record,” Burton wrote to Norquist.

The president of Americans for Tax Reform wasn’t amused, calling the letter “childish” and pointing to Reagan’s role in ending the Cold War. “How does he look Polish Americans in the eye and say that the legacy of Ronald Reagan was a tax increase in California or a vote on therapeutic abortions in California?” Norquist said in an interview.

He compared Burton’s argument to “attacking Eisenhower for something he did when he was 40 and missing the Second World War.”

– Christopher Cadelago

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