California’s most competitive statewide race could be Controller. Here’s our choice
By The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board
September 28, 2022
The controller is among the most potentially productive of California’s largely obscure statewide elective offices, providing at least the promise of needed independent oversight of government spending. The trouble is that the state’s virtually unchallenged one-party rule helps ensure that most viable candidates for the position are members in good standing of the very Democratic establishment the controller is supposed to check.
Chen makes a compelling case that the office needs a departure from the usual ranks of the Democratic establishment. So does current Controller Betty Yee’s reported role in facilitating a deal with a dubious mask contractor as the government rushed to secure pandemic supplies.
“I would be very different in that I would not be part of that political system,” Chen said. “That would be helpful and useful for the taxpayers.”
His capacity to challenge those in charge is clear, and that makes him the better candidate for controller.