Norby Concedes Assembly Seat, Democrats Presumptively to get 2/3rds Majority
Posted by Scott Carpenter on November 14, 2012
With the OC Registrar of Voters releasing the latest election results today Assemblyman Chris Norby again lost ground and now trails challenger Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva by about 3,000 votes. Upon news breaking Assemblyman Norby conceded the race in a statement to the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Report.
This news is sad for me personally as I have several friends on Assemblyman Norby’s staff, including OC Political editor Chris Nguyen. I also think it is a loss for North Orange County and California as a whole because Assemblyman Norby served both well in the Legislature. Assemblyman Norby and his staff were always attentive to district needs and focused on real solutions for California. However, redistricting and a popular Mayor in the district created the perfect storm for Democrats to score an upset and seize control of the vital 2/3rds majority.
Though they won 2/3rds, they won’t be able to govern with that majority quite yet as John Hrabe details in the FlashReport, two Democratic legislators won congressional seats causing them to vacate their current seats. Of course it is very likely that those two newly vacant seats will be filled by Democrats upon a special election.
What is bizarre however is that the California legislature routinely receives extremely low approval ratings and cannot figure out a way to balance the state budget responsibly, yet the electorate refuses to change course of who they send to Sacramento. Now that the Democrats have the power to completely set the agenda and tax levels for California they have no one to blame but themselves for the state’s continued mismanagement. There is a saying in politics, and life in general at times, that things must get worse before it gets better. We may be facing that scenario with the Republican Party and governance in California after the results of last Tuesday.