Written by Gordon Webster, Jr.
If you ever wanted a clearer picture of the crony politics that happen in Sacramento, look no further than Gov. Jerry Brown signing a bill Thursday providing cover for a state Senator in trouble with his constituents.
Brown signed a bill, which was only introduced into the Legislature this week, that would mandate longer waiting periods before a special recall election can be held.
The law will apply to Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who voted in favor of the governor’s $52-billion gas tax and vehicle fee hike in the spring. That set him in the cross-hairs of his Orange County constituents, who have submitted more than enough signatures to put Newman’s seat at risk of a recall election.
With Brown’s move, it’s likely the election wouldn’t take place until 2018. Absent Brown’s signature on that bill, the election could have been held as soon as the end of October, reported the Los Angeles Times.
With a supermajority in Sacramento, the state’s Democrats must feel pretty emboldened taxing, spending and putting the tab on all of California. While that may be OK with the state’s affluent coastal enclaves, your average Central Valley resident is going to suffer.
Despite Gov. Brown’s efforts to provide cover, Sacramento’s super majority will soon be held accountable to constituents.