Skinner to GOPers: Follow Specter to our tent

Well, you’ve gotta give Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, extra points for cheekiness: Today she sent to her Republican legislative colleagues an invitation to switch to the “Spectacular” Democratic Party, a la Arlen Specter.

“Democrats will soon have 60 votes in the US Senate and be able to make many decisions without filibusters—but it will take a bit of time for the final stages of legal challenges and to finally count the votes from last November’s election in Minnesota,” she wrote. “If you act quickly, California can lead the nation rather than following. We need 54 Democrats in the Assembly and 27 in the Senate to match this.”

As benefits of being Democrats, she cited:

  • “Big tent, not a pup tent”
  • “No pledges”
  • “No recalls”
  • “Large party with increasing registrants”
  • “Diverse Democratic jury for future advancement and primary electorates”
  • Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

    • Jo

      Nancy Skinner votes against AB-357 and she’s on the Public Safety Committee? Sounds like she’s against “public safety” to me! Are there any conservatives in the Berkeley area, so we can get rid of this liberal? I’d be willing to make a few calls and knock on a few doors.

    • Arne Simonsen

      I don’t think you will see any of the GOP is Sacramento taking up Skinner’s offer to “drink the Kool-Aid”.

    • freakofthefarright

      Arne you are right being a Republican in Sacramento is an easy job. Why switch parties. All the perks of office and none of the responsibility. The joy of permanent political minority status.

    • Elwood

      What a piece of work Skinner is!

    • East Yayer

      Doesn’t Nancy have more important things to worry about, even as a back bencher, like the school closures in a district within her Assembly district? I haven’t seen Nancy say ANYTHING about the West Contra Costa School District, how’s that for soaking it up in Sacramento with no leadership?

    • RR

      Nancy Skinner needs to press issues important to Berkeley such as bilingual training for ADDH-transgender youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.