Just Say No: Loni Hancock avoids Nancy Reagan lovefest

State Sen. Loni Hancock

STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT | East Bay State Sen. Loni Hancock, like many progressives, had a difficult time holding their tongue as the national media and Republicans venerated former First Lady Nancy Reagan following her passing Mar. 6.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Hancock and San Francisco State Sen. Mark Leno headed stage-right on the Senate Floor Monday when legislators posed with members of the Reagan family.

It wasn’t the first slight issued by Hancock and Leno against the Reagan legacy in recent weeks. The Bay Area lawmakers issued discontent with former President Ronald Reagan last Feb. 25 when Senate Republicans honored him on the occasion of his birth date.

Hancock, whose Ninth District includes Berkeley, remarked, “It wasn’t just the tanks and the national guard on the streets of my community when I was much younger in the 1960s. But I look at his presidency as a time when the nation turned in a profoundly wrong direction.”

Hancock is termed out of office at the end of the year. However, with former Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson, like Hancock, staunch progressive, as likely successors, you shouldn’t expect much love for The Gipper over the next four years.

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