Former California Gov. Gray Davis will turn 70 next month, and to celebrate he subjected himself to a roast.
The event, which followed dinner with some 200 friends and former staff members Wednesday at the California Museum, included more than a few jokes about Davis' rigidity and prodigious fundraising but little on his recall from office.
The highlight, though, was a video including clips of Davis playing himself, choking on a cigar and learning to say, "What's up?"
The video, presented by Democratic strategist and former Davis aide Jason Kinney, includes a clip of Davis recording a tribute suitable for any Assembly speaker's retirement ("The Assembly goes through speakers like I go through blue shirts and red ties," he says) and an interview with his wife, Sharon Davis, about the influence of his political adviser, Garry South.
"He knows what's best for us," she says of South. "He takes polls, you know."
Later, Davis appears in the video as "Gravy Davis," part of the "Herb Wesson Four," a nod to the former speaker.
"I really like that rap group NWA," says Davis. "I'm not sure what that means, although someone told me it means 'Nice Guys Win Always,' and I think that's a nice message for children."
Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, is already thinking up ways to test what a two-thirds supermajority means in the Legislature. Lieu told the Torrance Daily Breeze this week that he plans to introduce a bill to put a measure on the November 2014 ballot asking voters to triple the vehicle license fee to where it was before former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger kept his campaign promise and slashed it.
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