He champions the Citizen’s Compensation Commission – some feel-good band of folks that “set” legislative pay.
OOPS. John Perez likes to pay his staffers a lot of money – Perez also likes his own salary, thank you very much.
Perez is bringing Abel Maldonado’s confirmation up now. The CCC meets on Thursday and is expected to recommend a 10% pay cut for the legislature. Maldo is scheduled to be heard by the Assembly Rules Committee tomorrow at 11am.
The story goes that John Perez is going to make Arnold choose. 10% pay cut or Abel Maldonado.
If I was a betting man: Sorry Abel – you just got torched again.
The next question is – will Martin Garrick enforce a yes vote again? Will Martin Garrick call it a leadership vote and will Republicans stand up to Garrick if he does it?
The State Senate is doing nothing. Screw “comity” I guess.
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.
Chuck DeVore was part of the leadership team for the Republican Assembly Caucus… Chuck DeVore very publicly resigned from his leadership post over a deal made to raise taxes – the largest tax increase in state history.
It appears that self-styled maverick Chuck DeVore is appearing more and more like any other politician. Add to that, he is a middle-aged white guy from Orange County and there is nothing new for the voters.
It could be worse – he could be a middle-aged White liberal guy from the Bay Area… but that’s a story for the shepherd to tell.
I’ve got whiplash – which way is it? We need leadership and principle – not campaign strategy.
Someone explain this to me – you have someone in your midst that votes for horrific budgets year in and year out. He votes for nanny state laws, extreme environmental regulations and expansions of government that the mind strains to quantify.
Yet his fellow Republicans want to promote him to the second highest office in the State. It is especially absurd when you realize that his appointment to Lt Governor was itself a payoff for rolling over for King Arnold time and again.
And Martin Garrick – the Assembly Republican Permanent Minority Leader has basically told the CRA, Conservatives and the Tea Party to go pound sand.
There’s a State Senate seat in the balance, don’t you know. That’s right – the former Assembly Permanent Minority Leader – Sam Blakeslee wants to become a State Senator in Abel’s District.
They claim to have polling showing that Blakeslee can win in this majority Democrat District. So get Maldo out of the Senate and Blakeslee can become the Senator denying the Dems a vote on the budget.
How many voters do you think will see it that way?
… and the rest of the Republicans who refused to stand up to Garrick subjugated Republican Values in the name of Strategy.
We need leadership Martin Garrick – not strategy.
What has happened is that the voters are now going to see Maldonado as a victim of the Democrats. And the second confirmation hearing will occur in May – right as people are getting their absentee ballots.
Meantime the Assembly Republican strategy will come at the expense of one of the Republican Party’s finest. Sam Aanestad.
So – there you have it… Martin Garrick has picked Ultra-Liberal Republican, gun grabber, eco-nazi, Serial tax-raiser and nanny government potentate Abel Maldonado over Sam Aanestad.