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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Can You Say "Assembly Speaker John Perez"? Current Speaker Karen Bass Says Yes

"New California Assembly Speaker John Perez?"
First-term Assemblyman Democrat John Perez of the 45th District, which includes area such as Huntington Park, Boyle Heights and Pico-Union, is poise to become the next California Assembly Speaker, according to the Sacramento Bee.
In comments, this afternoon by current Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, she indicated that Perez had the votes to beat out Kevin de Leon, but his supporters are still claiming that battle for the Speakership, is not over.
In a move that could signal an end to the brewing battle over who will become the next Assembly speaker, current Speaker Karen Bass threw her support behind Assemblyman John Pérez, saying he has secured enough support within the Democratic caucus to succeed her in the post.
"I really very deeply believe that John will be a speaker that reflects the strong Democratic values that brought us all here," Bass said.
Bass said the caucus could vote as soon as next week and that she plans to immediately start working with Pérez to set a timetable for the transition of power.
She said Pérez had secured commitments from at least 29 fellow Democrats. To become speaker, he must be approved with a majority vote in Assembly -- 41 votes -- though the member who wins the support of the majority caucus has traditionally been confirmed to the post without resistance.
But the de Leon faction is not ceding defeat.
But de León supporters was still dismissing the victory claims coming from Perez's camp.
"First of all, we have not had a caucus on it. Second of all, we have not had a vote. And if there are 24 to 26 signatures that they claim to have, I haven't seen them," said Assemblymember
Ed Hernandez, a de León supporter, adding that he believed his pick still had the support of 20 or so members. "Most people are failing to realize it takes 41 votes to become speaker."
Another de León supporter, Assemblyman Warren Furutani, echoed Hernandez's concerns. He called Bass naming Perez as the speaker elect "at best, premature."
In hindsight, what is hurting de Leon's bid for the Speakership includes; his past relationship to discredited former Speaker Fabian Nunez, the fact that he will be termed out in two years, and the fact that he wants to assume the Speakership almost immediately.
For Perez, his ability to serve four years as speaker is a major selling point. Plus, he is willing to be flexible with Speaker Bass, in regards to assuming the Speakership role.
Perez, who many thought was going to run for the State Senate seat, soon to be vacated by Gil Cedillo, was a late entry into the Speakership race. Neither the likes of Anthony Portatino, Felipe Fuentes or de Leon could rally their fellow Democrats, Thus, Perez was enticed to enter the Speakership battle as a sort of "reconciliation candidate".
If selected as Speaker, this will cap Perez's rapid raise through the state democratic leadership, after his 2007 election to the 45th Assembly District, which saw the two other challengers Ricardo Lara and Arturo Chavez, step aside after some backroom maneuvering.
Perez is the first cousin to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and would become the first openly gay State Assembly Speaker .
Proving that you can skyrocket from relative obscurity to big-time power if you play your cards just right, neophyte politician John Perez, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's first cousin, is widely expected to be chosen by the Democratic majority in Sacramento as the next California Assembly Speaker, KQED radio is reporting from Sacramento.
While much of the initial news will focus on the fact that Perez is openly gay, Perez has made more of a splash in his very short political career by pursuing controversial special interest legislation (as in his Assembly Bill 813 written to benefit just one billionaire) and for the strange manner in which Perez's two chief rivals for the open Eastside L.A. state Assembly seat he won in 2008 vanished from the primary race.
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Blogger Adrian Perez, Publisher said:

Too late. Bass stepped down and put Perez in charge. I think the Guv will have Perez for lunch.

December 02, 2009 6:00 PM  

Anonymous Red Spot's cousin, Woody said:

Well dat duz it! I'm frowing my hat in da wring for Assemnby!! And gash dannit I am poise to win!

December 02, 2009 6:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Arnie should give Bass a charlie horse on the way out and then put Perez in a full nelson so De Leon can slug him in the stomach

December 02, 2009 6:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another bloody nose for Shallman.

He was countin the money he would be making if Kevin became Speaker.

Tought few days for him in the South of France.

December 02, 2009 6:30 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Cousin woody appreciates your kind words. BTW, what is an "assemnby"?

December 02, 2009 6:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Your an uneducated lying sack of shit.

Kevin De Leon is another great contribution of Parke Skelton and his brother in law to California politics.

John would have nothing to do with the likes of De Leon.

December 02, 2009 6:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To RS:

Please proof once in a while- that missing "ed" suffix for example, constantly encounterED in the text, is maddenING.

FROM- easier to skip the main posts and just read the response.

December 02, 2009 6:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I guess he sucked enough dick!

December 02, 2009 6:46 PM  

Anonymous Red Spot's cousin, Woody said:

You tell me, primo! YOU wrote it!!!!!

December 02, 2009 6:47 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Good catch Cousin Woody.

December 02, 2009 6:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:41, there's someone TOO LOW for John Shallman to represent? That's the funniest thing to come out of this whole post yet! Good one!

Some aren't so bad like Wendy, but he can't find as many amoral whackos with big money backers as he'd like.

December 02, 2009 7:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bass was the worst Assembly Speaker in the history of California hands down. I bet Perez can do worse though.

December 02, 2009 7:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Democrats in Assembly are going to try to veto Maldonado, Arnold's choice, to leave the position open for a Democrat like Janice Hahn our local dyed blonde bimbo. Is Perez in on that?

December 02, 2009 7:41 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

A John Perez flashback.

This is looking like a sure thing with Ricardo Lara now accepting Laura Chick signed paychecks, and that other candidate who was married to Cynthia Ruiz???, but the Perez team will not take anything for granted. Former School Board candidate Enrique Gasca will run the campaign. This is the same guy who had a "REPUBLICAN" from Salinas, connected to the Chacon/Urteaga /Robles?? Machine in Southeast L.A., as a campaign manager for his school board race. Almost ran out of dots to connect.

Also as a Public Service, we provide the link to Cal Access so that you can follow the dinero. Here are some of the donors,

Thomas Calderon $3,600.00
Keith Brackpool $7,200.00????
Teamsters $7,200.00
Cecilia Estolano $500.00
Ari Swiller $1,000.00????
Assemblyman Portatino $3,600.00 among others.

December 02, 2009 7:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where do the Dems get these people? What a freak show!

December 02, 2009 8:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


December 02, 2009 10:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think Kevins team is right, if John had the votes he would have called the question already and been the new speaker. Them waiting only means one thing, they don't have the votes!!!

December 02, 2009 10:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman cant be stopped.

December 02, 2009 11:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

John Perez Hilton will be the BIGGEST JOKE EVER IN SACRAMENTO. He is the WORST POSSIBLE LEADER we could have in the Assembly. Please...don't be fooled...John Perez is a total scum bag.

December 02, 2009 11:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bass has done such a crappy job as Speaker, we're supposed to trust her choice of Perez?

December 02, 2009 11:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin will win this one; those who jump for JOhn early will be punished.

Shallman got Kevin elected, anybody rem,ember that?

December 03, 2009 7:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I thought it was Fabian that got de Leon elected.

December 03, 2009 9:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They said Perez is the first Gay but wait isn't Karen Bass of Lezbian heritage? Just asking.

December 03, 2009 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DeLeon is not qualified to be an Assmebly member. All he worries about is sleeping with lobbyists. LOSER

December 05, 2009 8:32 PM  

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