Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Ashburn - Up or Down?*

Yesterday, State Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) (or at least his staff) reported that he wanted off SCA 3.

Phoblog informants report, however, that he showed up at today's Senate Committee hearing on the bill professing his support.

What gives?

*And speaking of Republicans - Item! Word has it the Sac Young Reeps almost came to blows last night over whether to endorse Tony Strickland - about 6 years before the election. The place was littered with staffers who, apparently, forgot they represent their bosses even after hours. Tsk tsk. Fisticuffs over an endorsement. Sheesh. But wait, apparently, what went down was so nutty, it resulted in the resignation of the group's president-elect. In an email leaked to Phoblographer*, the ex-president elect said, "I had no right or excuse to react the way I did at a contentious, but otherwise civil meeting. I was wrong and deeply regret my actions." A mature exit, but a surprising one. Apparently the tension frightened several members - but I doubt anyone expected that consequence. Maybe they wanted it, though, I don't know. I'm a YD, not a YR. Phew.

1 comment:

jbl said...

Having recently finished A Rage for Justice: The Passion and Politics of Phillip Burton, I'm convinced that all redistricting should be done by members of the Burton family.

http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/6619.html