Republican congressional candidate Antonio Sabato Jr. said that California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is running the state "into the sewer" after a bill was proposed to give health care to illegal immigrants.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D), who wrote the bill, said that "California has never waited for the federal government ... to be able to take leadership on a whole host of issues." The bill would expand Medicaid, which covers children regardless of immigration status, to cover adult illegal immigrants as well. 

"I completely disagree with the way Jerry Brown has been running this state," Sabato Jr. said. "He's running it into the water, into the sewer."

He called the bill "completely unconstitutional" and said California "will look like Venezuela" if it passes.

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He said that Brown is a socialist and implored Democrats to think more about California's future. Sabato Jr. is challenging U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D) in Ventura County.

"We can't keep socializing the state," said Sabato, a Rome native and former soap opera star.

"We've got to help the American people. We've got to put them first, not illegals who are coming here and using our country."

Lara contends that the state already pays for health care for illegal immigrants in a more expensive way: through emergency room visits by uninsured individuals. 

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