Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) told a conservative group Monday that he believes his Republican opponent in the June 5 primary will bow down to unions and special-interest groups in Sacramento.
During a Surf City Tea-sponsored forum in the Huntington Beach Central Library, Mansoor said Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, who is running against him in the 74th Assembly District race, supports unions and raising taxes.
"That's a clear difference between me and my opponent, who calls herself Republican," he said.
Daigle said Tuesday that there is no basis to Mansoor's claims.
"There's nothing in my record of public service that suggests I'm a tax-raiser," she said. "I would say that together with my colleagues, we've gotten more pension reform [in Newport Beach] than Allan [did when he was on the Costa Mesa council].
"Several of the employee groups are now paying their full share of their employee pension, and we're in the process of working with police and fire, and we anticipate reaching an agreement by the end of the month."