Sen. Carole Migden told Capitol Weekly yesterday that she is taking a "temporary leave" from her job as chairwoman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. "Midgen says she is taking the leave to have more time to focus on Steve Westly's gubernatorial campaign. She will remain in the Senate, but with a lighter work load.Okay, so I know it's not like she's taking a leave from the Senate altogether, but only can a pistol of an SF-area representative get away with saying, on the record, that she's going to be too busy politicking to work her regular load in the office to which she was elected.
"I'm going to be talking to [the Westly campaign], and I'm sure I'll have some fancy title," she said. "But I intend to spend a great deal of time day-to-day working on this campaign, and I wanted a minimal workload in the Senate during the next six months."
I love Carole Migden. Her approps committee hearings are the stuff of legend (word of advice: never, ever chew gum in 4202). But I still find her statement a bit shocking. Refreshingly honest, I suppose, from an elected - the folks who usually spend most of their time singing woe-is-me-I'm-so-busy-in-the-Capitol - so perhaps that's the source of my shock.