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This Week: Is Abel able?, and, ‘Big Papi’

By Josh Richman
Saturday, December 5th, 2009 at 2:59 pm in Abel Maldonado, Assembly, John Perez, Lt. Governor.

I was on KQED’s “This Week in Northern California” last night to talk about the Machiavellian machinations behind choosing the next Lieutenant Governor and the next Assembly Speaker.

I didn’t have time for a Perez-related anecdote. At least one prominent Democratic strategist shopped around the idea this week that – just as renowned former Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh was nicknamed “Big Daddy” – a successful Perez speakership could earn him the moniker “Big Papi.” Perez is allegedly cool with the idea.

Click here for the whole episode, including an interview with Booker Daniels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding World AIDS Day, as well as an interview with Al Gore.

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  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Jesse Unruh was a fatso for many yrs…nobody has ever heard of Perez…”Big Papi” is an all-star in his sport