Wednesday's HOT MIC
Jazz Shaw has an inquiring mind and wants to know.
This should have been a fairly easy question, but as with all things in California it seems to be needlessly complicated. A few weeks ago, California Democratic state assemblyman Jimmy Gomez easily won election to Congress. Congratulations! But we’re quickly approaching the July 4th congressional recess and Mr. Gomez still hasn’t shown up in Washington to be sworn in and start working. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is wondering why. (LA Times)
The seat in the 34th district has been empty for months now and I’m guessing that the voters there might like to have their voices heard in the many hotly contested debates currently roiling Congress. But Gomez is still interested in hanging around and voting on some cap and trade bill in the state assembly. Where do his priorities lie? McCarthy sent a letter telling him to basically get moving or get out of the way and let someone else have the job.
Why the delay? Gomez told the LA Times that "after the election he would try to delay his Assembly resignation to vote on extending the state’s cap-and-trade program, which requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gas."
Because without Gomez's single vote, California's uber-leftwing Assembly could just never pass cap-and-trade?
Sorry, but that answer doesn't pass muster.