By progressive standards, East Bay state Sen. Steve Glazer might want to start looking for a new school of thought. Glazer received a “F” from the California Courage Campaign, an activist group that seeks to highlight the voting records of legislators who side with corporate lobbyist’s interest over the poor and disadvantaged.
The annual rankings placed Glazer in its “Hall of Shame” for a second time, along with six other state legislators.
The group included a scathing diatribe against Glazer, calling him the “most conservative Democrat in the state Senate,” and labeling him out of step with the voters in the 7th State Senate District, which includes areas from Lamorinda to the Tri Valley and parts of the northern Alameda County.
Although he sometimes describes himself as a progressive, Glazer’s constant attacks on BART union employees have earned him considerable derision from progressive leaders and labor unions.
“When presented with progressive bills that chip away at the gross injustice that is mass incarceration and police violence, he voted against them,” the Courage Campaign wrote.
Assemblymember Tim Grayson, whose district is contained within Glazer’s senate seat, received a “D” from the group.
Conversely, the progressive group was far more favorable to Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta, who received a perfect score and an “A+.” Berkeley state Sen. Nancy Skinner received an “A” (93 percent), as did Fremont and South Bay Assemblymember Kansen Chu (97 percent).
East Bay state Sen. Bob Wieckowski garnered a “B” (89 percent) as did Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk (86 percent).