After Texas Gov. Rick Perry hinted last week that he might move to California when his term ends in January, Democratic Party Chairman John Burton responded with simple warning: It may not be your scene.
As governor, the potential 2016 presidential candidate has stoked a rivalry with Gov. Jerry Brown, talking up the Lone Star States ability to attract new jobs, even releasing a radio ad last year criticizing Californias business environment.
In an open letter on Thursday, Burton wrote that although California is attractive to even its harshest critics, Perry should do a little research before relocating. Burton points to progressive accomplishments on climate change, minimum wage and marriage equality, a not-so-subtle reference to Perry equating homosexuality with alcoholism at an event in San Francisco earlier this month.
Rick, it will take more than marching in this months San Francisco Pride Parade for you to begin to walk those comments back, Burton said, but if youre planning to make the move, it couldnt hurt to start there.
A spokesman for Perry had no comment on the letter.
AT THE CAPITOL
With the high-profile coming-out announcements of professional athletes like Jason Collins, Brittney Griner and Michael Sam, conversations about the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes have entered the mainstream. Today theyll enter the Capitol. The Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet will hold a hearing on discrimination against LGBT athletes in sports and culture and the effectiveness of laws to overcome that bias at 2 p.m. in Room 127.
From a business perspective, we have a significant interest in safety.
Juan Acosta, lobbyist for BNSF Railway, assuring state lawmakers precautions have been taken amid the proliferation of crude oil rolling through California.