ASSEMBLYMAN THINKS LEGISLATURE COULD USE ITS TIME MORE WISELY THAN TALKING ABOUT EARL WARREN
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi probably thought honoring the life of judicial and political giant Earl Warren was an issue with little downside. The East Bay legislator known for never missing out on a chance to grandstand before television cameras was criticized Wednesday by a member for wasting the assembly’s time on a trivial matter.
According to the Sacramento Bee, after praising Warren in House Resolution 10 as someone who “lived simply and never lost touch of the people,” she came under the wrath of Fullerton Assemblyman Chris Norby, who had a different view of the former chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and California governor.
“All people are a combination of good and bad, including all of us here – Earl Warren as well,” Norby said after making reference to Warren’s involvement as attorney general in paving the way for the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, despite being noted as the one of the most socially liberal Americans of the 20th Century.
Norby said the reading of the resolution was simply wasting the Legislature’s time, but the gratuitious slam on Hayashi and the memory of one of the state’s most important political figures probably points to the levels of frustration and discord in Sacramento after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday he would no longer seek input from Republicans, who he believes are stalling his proposed budget and desire to seek approval at the ballot box to extend tax increases.
In this one case, at least, Hayashi can’t win for trying.