Lingerie to Lite Gov: Top 10 Quotes of the Week
From the Saints’ Superbowl win to the smash mouth campaigns for governor and Senate and the Assembly’s goal line stand against Abel Maldonado’s nomination for lite gov, it was a week of thrills and spills in spectator sports of all kinds. Here’s a look at the most memorable things anyone said about what happened.
We’re going to take a hiatus on this issue.
– Jim Wunderman, CEO of the Bay Area Council, pulling the plug on the group’s planned initiative to convene a state constitutional convention, because of a lack of money.
It would mean a great deal to Bikram if, in lieu of giving him a birthday gift,that you instead make a donation to Jerry Brown’s 2010 Exploratory Committee for Governor of the State of California.
–Invitation for a birthday celebration tonight from multi-millionaire yoga mogul Bikram Choudury, creator of Bikram Yoga, in which practitioners – including California’s Attorney General – perform a series of poses in a room heated to 105 degrees.
It’s just incredible. The Legislature is broken. It’s chaos.
—Sen. Abel Maldonado, discovering news that stays news, one day after the Assembly, more or less, rejected Gov. Schwarzmuscle’s nomination of him as lieutenant governor.
It is now very clear that the entire Republican Party must unite behind Meg’s campaign. We have an outstanding party standard bearer. Since last summer, Meg has led among GOP voters in every independent poll by enormous margins, and those same polls show that she is the strongest Republican candidate against Jerry Brown.
—Former Governor and Meg Whitman campaign chairman Pete Wilson, attempting to cancel the June 7 primary, and forgetting the oldest cliches in politics: “The only poll that matters is the one on election day.”
I’ll pay you with a pair of autographed panties.
—Angelyne, famous-for-being famous L.A. billboard model and newbie candidate for governor, thanking Chronicler Joe Garafoli for explaining the meaning of the word “secession” to her.
What did Tom Campbell know and when did he know it?
—Julie Soderlund, campaign manager for Carly Fiorina, getting waaayyy carried away with an unconfirmed report that rival Campbell cut a sleazy deal with Whitman to switch from the campaign for governor to Senate.
Just one thing – what’s NASCAR?
Calbuzzer Cicero, channeling Steve Poizner after our memo recommending The Commish go down-scale blue collar in his bid for the Republican nomination for governor.
Before last night, I never really understood how horrible and unfair it must be to be a man. Having a job. Dressing oneself and taking out the recycling. Practicing basic human hygiene. A devastating existence made more trying by the presence of a demanding, overbearing woman. You might even have to carry her lip balm. The horror.
–Huffpost bloggers Jehmu Greene and Shelby Knox bemoaning a series of anti-feminist Superbowl ads featuring henpecked husbands.
Change out of that skirt, Jason.
–Sportscaster Jim Nantz, narrating a Superbowl Ad in which a guy goes lingerie shopping with his girlfriend instead of watching the game.
We were very impressed with the job her hand did at the Tea Party Convention. And we said to ourselves, let’s give Sarah Palin’s hand a job.
–Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, as channeled by Andy Borowitz, extending a job offer to the former Republican vice-presidential nominee after she used her left palm as a cheat sheet before a live interview.
So the Governor fails in his partisan attempt to promote Maldonado to Lt Gov-never mind the “advise and consent” role of the independent legislature-and Maldonado, the King of the Budget Squeeze-says the Legislature is broken-it’s the 2/3 voting requirement to pass a budget that gives Maldonado the ability to hold the entire state hostage until he gets a prize he considers worthy of his vote. I was there, there was no chaos-only outrage when Assembly members learned of Maldonado’s dismal voting record-his rejection of measures to protect our environment, promote farmworker rights, reaffirm a woman’s right to choose and many, many other really bad votes. The chaos was delivered by Republicans unable to appreciate their candidate was lacking and calling for an almost 3 hour long Republican Caucus meeting so no legislative business whatsoever could be done.
And now, the Gov wants to re-nominate Maldonado so that instead of working on the budget and other issues of concern to the rest of us, the Governor ensures months of delay.