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Op-Ed: California state Senator Ben Hueso arrested

By Larry Clifton     Aug 23, 2014 in Politics
Sacramento - California’s Democratic-led state Senate has set a very poor example for the state’s citizens as of late - so bad that its members' alleged bad behaviors are stifling their party's hopes of regaining a super-majority.
Following the highly publicized suspension of three Democratic senators - Sen. Rod Wright of Inglewood (convicted for lying about living in his district) and Sens. Ron Calderon, of Montebello and Leland Yee, of San Francisco for unrelated federal corruption charges, Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, according to an ABC report published Friday.
The scandals had already cost Democrats their super-majority in the Senate before Hueso's arrest.
While constituents across the country are used to watching political candidates fight it out in political campaigns, California senate Democrats seem bent on picking themselves off one at a time without any help from their opponents.
The Democrats had high hopes of holding a super-majority that had enabled them to do pretty much whatever they wanted, politically speaking. Now, the super Senate they enjoyed is in the rear-view mirror. Truth is, they’re starting to become an embarrassment for people of California.
Hueso, 44, of San Diego, was arrested at 2:39 a.m. and booked into Sacramento County Jail, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman, after the California Highway Patrol stopped him going the wrong way on a one-way street.
The Senator was released late the next morning after posting bail of nearly $1,500 and is expected to appear in court Tuesday.
"I think I have the right to pursue my innocence, and that's what I'm going to do," he told reporters, speaking softly, with a serious expression. That’s good, sounds like the police, at least in his view, made an error.
But there’s a hitch to his initial statement. A mere half-hour later, Hueso's office released a statement from the senator that sounded a bit like a contradiction. "I accept complete personal responsibility for my actions and any punishments that ultimately come my way as a result of this incident," Hueso said in the statement.
Adding to the embarrassing chain of events and conflicting statements, it was discovered that Hueso's July newsletter to constituents included a Highway Patrol safety tip that reminded constituents that driving after drinking is a "critical mistake."
Critical mistake? Many more critical mistakes by California Senators and the Republicans are going to have a majority without spending a dime on campaign ads.
In what could have been mistaken as a Saturday Night Live spoof, Lorena Gonzalez posted a photograph to her Twitter account late Thursday night with the message, "Yes ... Loving my Latino Caucus boys" the image appears to picture Hueso and four other lawmakers, several with drinks in their hands, “hamming it up inside the state Capitol,” according to the report.
The post was taken down before long.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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