Politics & Government

The Buzz: Tim Donnelly aide cites gun incident as evidence of political skill

Aide cites Donnelly’s gun incident as a political plus

It would be difficult for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly to point to his fundraising, which is anemic, or to his experience, which is limited, to inspire confidence in his campaign for governor.

But the Twin Peaks Republican and former member of the Minuteman Project, has a new spokeswoman, Jennifer Kerns, and as of Thursday a memorandum detailing his “path to victory” in 2014.

This path involves factors including Republicans’ reaction to the more moderate candidate, former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, and to the effect of gun control legislation on the public approval rating of Gov. Jerry Brown.

It also includes a favorable reading of an incident involving Donnelly, his carry-on and a gun.

Kerns called her candidate “Deft Donnelly” and offered as evidence of his skill his handling of his detention at a Southern California airport last year for having a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag.

Donnelly said at the time that he forgot the gun was in his bag and later pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors.

“Despite a flurry of press reports and some mild Twitter teasing,” she wrote, “Donnelly has come out of that misstep fairly unscathed.”

– David Siders


Gov. Jerry Brown has named an official who defended pension rollbacks for current employees to be deputy secretary at the new California Government Operations Agency. Stuart Drown is leaving his post as executive director of the Little Hoover Commission, where he drew fire in 2011 when the panel issued a report urging lawmakers to freeze accrued pension benefits. The Democrat will be paid $127,884 per year in his new position, which does not require Senate confirmation.

– Jon Ortiz