And that’s putting some Republicans who once supported the idea in an uncomfortable spot.
Take Republican Assembly hopeful Jim Patterson, for example. On Bullard Avenue, just west of Blackstone, a sign for Patterson’s 23rd Assembly District campaign proclaims: “Stop the High Speed Rail Boondoggle.”
But a Republican opponent, Fresno attorney David DeFrank, points out that in the 1990s when Patterson was Fresno’s mayor he spoke glowingly of the project.
That, Patterson responded, was a different proposal that was to be routed along Highway 99 and paid for with private dollars.