RIP Gary Coleman, the governor CA deserved

1275076769-gary_coleman_coverChild actor Gary Coleman is dead at age 42. You’ll recall that, in one of the finest works of political satire that I’ve ever seen, the East Bay Express paid to put Coleman on the ballot in the 2003 gubernatorial recall. Naturally, most media from outside California missed the satire and seized on it as proof of how kooky the state’s politics could be – perhaps making the satire so much the richer.

But we elected some other actor instead, so it all worked out, right?

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.