Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Term-Limits Group Deems Perata "Golden Pig"

By Michael Mechanic
Tue, May 29, 2007 at 4:55 PM

Today, U.S. Term Limits, a Virginia group advocating for term-limits legislation, announced its new Golden Pig award, bestowed upon the public servant who acts most in the service of his or her own self-interests. The debut recipient, based on recent reporting by Express staffer Robert Gammon, is (drum roll, please) Don Perata, California state Senate president pro tem. The nonprofit already has it in for the senator over his current attempt, with Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, to extend term limits in California. Perata might have been termed out previously were it not for a favorable decision by his old pal Bill Lockyer, then California attorney general (who was replaced by his old pal Jerry Brown). Now the senator is out in 2008, unless state voters give him a reprieve.

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