Who would’ve ever thought that One-Bill-Gil would become the best Christmas gift for the California Republican Party.
Now before your head explodes in disbelief let me explain what I mean.
Yesterday the Capitol Weekly’s twitter said: “
“Sen. Gil Cedillo says he will run against Perez for Assembly in 2010, whether or not Perez is elected speaker.” (http://www.capitolweekly.net/)
Now seeing two lefties go after each other in an expensive no-holds-barred primary battle royal is always exciting for political junkies who are much more to the right to witness.
Gil Cedillo has already served in the Assembly but term limits magic means he is allowed to serve one more term in the Assembly so why not run against an incumbent who supported Judy Chu for Congress – makes perfect sense to me.
Except here is the rub for the Democrats and something Republicans should celebrate.
The Speaker is in charge of ensuring all assembly Democrats get re-elected and that Democrats get elected in districts currently held by Republicans.
Usually the first few months of a new Speaker’s term (before he/she has had a chance to piss off people) is when they are able to raise the most money for their party coffers.
But if Senator Cedillo decides to run in the June primary against John Perez, then most if not all that new money will be spent to keep the Speaker in his seat.
AD’s 26, 30, 36 and 37 all came up short of Democratic victories but that had more to do with funding factors than the Republicans running better races. So if Speaker Perez wants to capture a 2/3rd Democratic majority to push a "progressive" agenda they only need to win 3 out of 4 of those seats.
But here comes Senator Cedillo – making Perez spend all that cash that would usually go to swing districts - and making the Democrats come up short in what many are saying will be a good year for Republicans.
So if he runs, the liberals could blame Cedillo’s campaign for Assembly for derailing Perez's plans for further social spending and other items on the Democratic agenda.
John Perez would need the 2/3rd majority to implement a new report that just came out today by the Tax Reform Association which claims that all the Legislature needs to do is close some tax loopholes to close a $20 Billion dollar budget deficit. That’s $20 billion to pour money into all those categories listed above that is part of a progressive agenda.
The Republicans just might want to buy some nice Christmas presents for Senator Cedillo.