It's been a rough few weeks for State Assemblyman Anthony Adams. His decision to vote with Democrats on the state budget, a contentious interview with KFI's John and Ken, and a subsequent apparent recall drive have left the Hesperia resident politically battered and bruised - but still standing.


"I believe it was a right decision to make," Adams said during an interview with Hesperia Star reporter Beau Yarbrough and editor Peter Day last Thursday at the Starbucks in the Kmart center on Main Street.


On Feb. 18, Adams was one of just three GOP members to vote with the Democrats to pass the budget that puts a plug in California's $41 billion deficit. Earlier, he and John Kobelt went toe-to-toe in a tough hour-long interview on KFI. After the historic vote, a drive to recall Adams was being discussed - and a volcano of venom began erupting from conservatives throughout the state.


But Adams says the facts speak for themselves.


"I'm eager to make my case before the voters."


Considering the current high level of unemployment in the state, Adams believes the thousands of state worker jobs that would have been lost under the Republican plan couldn't have been absorbed by the private sector. And, he adds, the bill that was passed by the state legislature and later signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger actually reduces the size of the state government to pre-2006 levels.


After the John and Ken show interview (the talk show hosts ended the interview early after seemingly becoming frustrated that Adams wouldn't budge from his position), the radio personalities included Adams in their "heads on a stick" gag.


Looking back on the tumultuous radio interview, Adams believes that going on the radio with the often combative John Kobelt and his kinder-gentler sidekick Ken Champou may not have helped his cause. However, Adams said, "I think those guys were very entertained."


He also can't help but wonder if his critics were in his shoes if they would see things differently.


"It's very easy to be high-minded when you don't have to make the tough decision."


Despite his vote, Adams said, "I still hate taxes. I'm still an anti-tax candidate."


Although he's hoping the public will come to understand and appreciate his decision, Adams knows his political career may suffer irreparable damage as a result of the vote and surrounding fallout. But he can live with that.


"I'd rather go down fighting for what I believe in than cowing to political pressure."