Torrico talks tough about NUMMI

Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico is quoted extensively in this Chronicle story about a Save NUMMI rally yesterday in SF.

Here’s what Mr. Torrico said:

“It ain’t over till it’s over … We’ll take the bills and sit in Toyota’s lobby until someone talks to us,” he said. “And if we don’t hear what we want to hear, we’ll fly to Japan and sit there until someone talks to us there.”

Is this cause for optimism?

Well, there have been times when Torrico hasn’t been able to deliver on his tough talk. Take for example his comments on the budget at a town hall meeting I covered last year. Here is some of what he said:

“If they’re not going to consider tax increases, I’m not going to consider cuts,” the Newark Democrat said during a budget forum he sponsored Wednesday at the Fremont Library. “I don’t care how long the budget impasse goes for.”

There was more:

“I’m tired of Sacramento; I’m tired of not making any changes,” he said. “I will not vote for a budget that only has cuts.”

It wasn’t Torrico’s fault that California has the strange two-thirds rule for passing budgets that lets the minority party rule the roost. But when it comes to talking tough about Hard Times, he and everybody else take a backseat to the master, The American Dream Dusty Rhodes.

Matt Artz