Melendez responds to Trump tax return ruling

67th District Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez.

SACRAMENTO – Assembly member Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, released a statement following the California Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling regarding President Donald Trump’s tax returns being a requirement for the March 3 primary election.

“Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signing of SB 27 was clearly a political stunt to suppress the speech of millions of Californians at a time when he should be focusing on the real problems facing California,” Melenez said. “His focus should be the ever-growing homelessness crisis, sky-high gas prices, affordable housing, sustainable water supplies and alleviating the tax burdens on Californians who face the extremely high-cost of living in a ‘tax-first’ state. The California Supreme Court is sending a message to Newsom: end this political theater because Californians deserve better.”

Melendez is the lead plaintiff in Melendez v. Newsom which sought to invalidate Senate Bill 27 from taking effect and prevented Trump from appearing on the ballot during the March 3 primary election. The California State Supreme Court ruled against Newsom and legislative Democrats in their unanimous decision in Patterson v. Padilla and emphasized that the merits of SB 27 were unconstitutional.

Assembly member Melissa A. 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. Follow her on Twitter: @asmMelendez.