The Boys In The Backroom
It took a loose team of powerful men--each with his own agenda--to deprive Monterey County of representation in the State Senate.
Thursday, November 29, 2001
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Gov. Gray Davis Fred Keeley was his go-to guy during the energy crisis. So maybe the lights were out when he approved the new Senate map that cut his guy off at the knees.
Sen. John Burton The Senate President Pro Tem offered Keeley $1.5 million to run for the State Senate against Bruce McPherson in 2000. Keeley said no thanks, and Burton redistricted Keeley out of a 2004 Senate seat. Cause and effect? Burton says yes, Keeley says no.
Sen. James Brulte Republican Senate Minority Leader and George W.''s pal, Brulte wants to keep the Big Guy happy, and ensure the Dems don''t win too big a majority in the state Senate. This gerrymandering scheme does both.
Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza Leading Dems sacrificed Keeley so Cardoza could have a Senate district. Now Cardoza doesn''t want it.
Congressman Gary Condit His Congressional District seemed safe until Chandra disappeared. Now Assemblyman Cardoza has set his sights on the district, and the entire redistricting boondoggle seems to have been for naught.
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Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg The Speaker of the Assembly, who got the post with the help of Cardoza, stabbed fellow-Democrat Keeley in the back to draw a Democratic Central Valley district for his old buddy.
Sen. Bruce McPherson Our current State Senator representing the Monterey Bay area joined Keeley and former Congressman Leon Panetta in signing a full-page newspaper ad to "Save The Central Coast." Then he voted for the redistricting map that splits Monterey County in two.
Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante Sen. Bruce McPherson''s got his eyes on the popular Lieutenant Governor''s job. If McPherson wins, his seat will be vacant, a special election will be held, Keeley will win, and we all live happily ever after. But McPherson''s a long shot.
Assemblyman Abel Maldonado Republican from Santa Maria and future Monterey Senator. Anybody heard of this guy?
President George W. Bush Politically, the Monterey Bay area is off the map. Bring on the oil rigs.