The California Senate’s Democratic leaders are in a tough position. They need a two-thirds majority to get any budget or tax legislation passed, so they’re allowing State Senator Pat Wiggins to work an unusual schedule because of an undisclosed medical condition. Wiggins’ spokesman tells me, on doctors’ advice, Wiggins will work out of her
Senate President Pro-tem Darrell Steinberg says, “Her medical condition is a private matter, but I am confident, having met with her and working with her that she’s capable of being here in session and casting the votes that are important, whether it’s the budget or other significant matters, she can do that job.”
The Senate Rules Committee voted yesterday to remove Wiggins from three committees, and removed her as chairwoman of a fourth.
Calls for Wiggins to resign have been increasing, along with several bizarre appearances by the senator that were recorded. She hurled an expletive at a Methodist pastor during one hearing on global warming:
She railed at a committee staffer over an empty water jug:
And people questioned Wiggins’ appearance at the state capitol to raise sexual assault awareness:
Rosa Koire from the Santa Rosa Neighborhood Coalition recalls a fundraiser with Wiggins in late 2007. She says the senator stared vacantly, and didn't know why she was there. Now, Koire says, "Personally, I feel sorry for her, but I don't think it's so important to find out what exactly it is that is wrong. I think it's clear she is not capable, if she is not capable of governing, then she needs to step down."
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