Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles, has been named a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine, the speaker’s office announced this morning, recognized because his “willingness to cross party lines has helped to turn a state known for dysfunction and political sniping into one where leaders have worked cooperatively to produce landmark legislation,” according to the magazine. He’ll be honored at a dinner Nov. 7 in Washington, D.C.
“Being the only legislator selected for the award this year is truly an honor,” Nunez said in his new release. “I share this award with all my colleagues in the Assembly, who have worked very hard to increase the legislature’s effectiveness. I will continue to stress the kind of cooperation that brought California our landmark global warming law, historic infrastructure bonds and prescription drug savings. As I shared with Governing Magazine, I believe leaders can stand up for their values and still be able to compromise and move the ball forward to make progress on public policy. I will strive to do just that as we work to address California’s pressing challenges of health care reform, building a green economy and maintaining an education system that allows our children to compete and succeed.”
I know at least a few people who would think Nunez should’ve been named “Public Official of the Year” by Conde Nast Traveler or Bon Appetit, given all we’ve heard recently about his predilection for luxurious travel.