Politics & Government

The Buzz: GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly saves choking woman

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Donnelly saves life on video

Tim Donnelly dislodged a piece of bread from a choking woman’s throat recently.

It was fortunate for her that he did – “He saved my life,” the woman said. For Donnelly, perhaps, it was fortunate that his videographer was nearby.

The GOP candidate for governor posted video on YouTube last week.The headline: “Assemblyman Donnelly to the rescue!”

Donnelly, of Twin Peaks, is shown performing the Heimlich maneuver on Adrienna Schabert, a supporter, at a meeting of Republican women in Ontario.

Schabert, 50, of West Sacramento, said Donnelly was posing for photographs when she choked on a piece of her dinner roll. “I couldn’t get it out,” she said. “I couldn’t do anything, so I stood up. ... He turned around and just went and did it.”

Donnelly, who is wearing a cowboy hat, says, “I’m sorry if I did it too hard,” and adds, “My wife is always telling me to cut it into really tiny pieces and I never listen.”

Dan Newman, a political spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown, gave credit where it was due on Twitter, offering Donnelly “sincere props ... for knowing and using Heimlich maneuver to help choking woman.”

– David Siders


So NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, renowned actress Geena Davis and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson walk into a convention center. There is no punchline here, actually, unless you find science and math education hilarious. The above mentioned will join an estimated 2,000 teachers for a two-day conference on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education – commonly known as STEM – at the Sacramento Convention Center today.

– Jeremy B. White


“He was someone that opened the door for us to realize that (teaching and art advocacy is) a possible life.”

Malaika Zweig Latty, in the Los Angeles Times, paying tribute to her former teacher, Joseph Gatto. Father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, Joseph Gatto was murdered slain last week.