Glazer resigns from committee chair at behest of Senate leader

State Sen. Steve Glazer was the only Democrat
in the state Senate to vote against the $52
billion gas tax in April.

7TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
East Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer offered his resignation as chair of the state Senate Governmental Organization Committee, according to a letter posted Friday afternoon on his Twitter account. The move was prompted by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon.

“At your request, I am submitting my resignation as Chair of the Governmental Organization Committee, effective immediately,” wrote Glazer, in a letter dated Thursday.

“I very much appreciated the opportunity to serve as chair. In taking this action, I hope to advance the best interests of the Senate. I look forward to working with all of my colleagues to achieve the ideals we share.”

Some sort of blowback was expected after Glazer was the lone Democrat in the state Senate to vote last month against Gov. Jerry Brown’s $52 billion gas tax legislation.

“This transportation package did not have the support of my district, for good reasons,” explained Glazer after his vote on April 6. “My constituents have told me loud and clear that they want any new taxes to be spent more wisely and effectively.”

Gliding to far away from the party line on high-profile legislation, in this case, with Glazer’s opposition to the gas tax, is often viewed as subordination by party leaders.

In the East Bay, one of the most notable recent cases involved former Assemblymember Sandre Swanson, who was removed as chair of his committee in 2009 by then-Speaker Karen Bass. Swanson had refused to vote for a budget package that he believed hurt children, the poor, and minorities.

Glazer tweeted news of his resignation early Friday afternoon, along with the letter. But it appeared he was back to business as usual with another tweet three minutes later about the Central Valley’s “amazing fruits, nuts, vegetables and dairy.”

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