[Posted by The Angry Clam]
It is Aug. 31, and Sen. Migden is lobbying on the Assembly floor for her bill, which would require cosmetics manufacturers to advise the state if their products contain cancer-causing ingredients.
Migden’s presence is typical. Senators routinely troll the Assembly floor like bass tournament boats on Clear Lake.
As the lawmakers vote, the bill comes up one shy of passage and time is running out.
In a bizarre move, the zealous Democratic senator punches a Republican Assemblyman’s yes-vote button.
Houston’s startled seatmate, Southern California GOP Assemblyman Bob Huff, watches as Migden then calls for the vote to close.
Huff swiftly reverses Migden’s action.
And just where is Houston while a Democratic senator appropriates his vote?
He’s in the back of the chamber lobbying the governor’s staff about a couple of his bills.
“Then I looked up and I saw all these goings-on at my desk,” Houston recalls. “I went over and (Huff) started telling me what happened. I couldn’t believe it. I mean, Migden usually pushes my buttons but this takes it to a new level.”
How much do you want to bet that if the participants were reversed, there would have been front page cries for their heads from the SF Chronicle, the LA Times, and the Sacramento Bee for weeks on end?