A rolling beach, a candlelit restaurant. When they consider romantic destinations to pop the question, most people don’t think about the Governor’s Office.
Then again, most people aren’t dating a legislative leader’s staff member.
Amid a frantic Thursday of decisive hearings and leadership machinations, Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Riverbank, got a phone call: We have been summoned to Gov. Jerry Brown’s office, she told spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson. Let’s go.
“She should win an Oscar for her performance,” Fulkerson said.
Once they arrived in the gubernatorial chamber, Olsen disappeared – and a chair spun around to reveal Fulkerson’s boyfriend, Terry Kennedy, waiting with a diamond ring. Fulkerson and fiancé departed to a waiting limo and a rare injunction for her to ignore work emails for a few days.
“I was left with a very beautiful and romantic proposal by my boyfriend who talked about my long career in the Capitol and having all the respect in the world for that,” said Fulkerson, who is reaching outside her work world to marry a financial adviser. “I’m still completely shocked.”
Naturally, the governor was in on the scheme. “We were happy to help make Amanda's dream come true,” Brown spokesman Evan Westrup wrote in an email, “and of course, it was revenue neutral.”