Democratic political consultant Steve Maviglio is back in the Assembly, this time on a three-month contract as spokesman for Speaker John A. Perez.
Maviglio, 54, was formerly a spokesman for Gov. Gray Davis and deputy chief of staff to Assembly speakers Fabian Nunez and Karen Bass. He is earning $9,500 a month.
"I've spent most of my career under a dome," said Maviglio, who worked in politics in Washington, D.C., and New Hampshire before arriving in Sacramento in 2000.
Maviglio left the Assembly in 2008 with a state pension after Assembly leaders approved a controversial program to encourage early retirements by offering additional service credit to enhance retirement pay. The current contract does not affect that arrangement.
Maviglio's private consulting work includes clients such as Californians for Retirement Security, a public employee union coalition that opposed pension reforms adopted last year. He also ran Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's two successful campaigns.
Maviglio said he doesn't have any clients involved in Assembly matters.
"Having the opportunity to work with the supermajority and get big things done, that's a rare opportunity in politics," Maviglio said.
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