Bass to be next Assembly speaker
Excuse me while I rub my eyes and blink a few times: a woman. Speaker. Of the Assembly. And an African American woman. Speaker.
Hot damn! That's pretty awesome. And it keeps the Speakership within the family, so to speak, a direct line of political encouragement from Wesson, through Nunez, to Bass. High five, LA politicians, for keeping it real.
Some had thought Bass might not prevail if members favored electing someone who could serve longer - Bass is out in 2010, a frosh member could stay until 2012. I've heard good stuff about Bass and I hope she can continue elevating the role and reputation of the Speakership. Under Nunez's leadership, the green room seems to have surpassed the red room in prestige - or at least in political capital. I'm green room biased though. I love me some Senate too, don't get me wrong, but I have always disliked post-term-limits claims that the Senate is the "upper house."
Congrats Karen Bass - best of luck.