That’s correct. As early as next week – Assembly Speaker John Perez will be putting the confirmation of Abel Maldonado up for a floor vote. This comes from a well-placed source in the capitol…
So the man who supported Harvey Milk Day, the Largest Tax Increase in State History, Voted to Ban .50Cal Weapons, Voted for Socialized Medicine and so much more is going to get rewarded.
Remember – Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Martin Garrick has declared that voting to confirm Abel Maldonado is a leadership vote. Yikes.
This is politics over principle – and a lot of the Orange-County Based Republican Blogs are silent because Garrick is from their neighborhood.
I have no such constraint – and if I was from Orange County, I’d probably be in Garrick’s office making them defend their decision to sell out Republican Values in the name of strategy. Why is a man who sells his budget vote every year getting backup from the Republican leadership?
You see – Sam Blakeslee, the immediate past Assembly Permanent Minority leader is in line to run for Maldonado’s Senate Seat. The thinking is that we get Maldonado out of office now so that Blakeslee can have an easier time of retaining that seat.
What about the effect of making it that much easier for the poster child of reject Republican values to be the nominee for Lt. Governor? Janice Hahn and Gavin-Any-Twosome-Newsome are in city governments that will both be in municipal bankruptcy shortly.
Martin Garrick’s legacy to the Republican Party will be set in stone soon. If the Assembly Republicans – including Chuck DeVore – all tow the line again, we will have had our values trampled.
Leave us not forget who Abel Maldonado is.
Meantime – a good man, Sam Aanestad who most of the above Assembly-members support is getting thrown under the bus.