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

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.

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.

  • 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