Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare, today announced key additions to her leadership team, appointing Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, as Republican Whips, Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner, R-Irvine, as Deputy Republican Floor Manager and Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, to a newly-created position as Republican Outreach Chair.
Conway also promoted Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, to the position of Assistant Republican Leader and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, to Chief Republican Whip.
“I am pleased to have these dynamic and proven Republican leaders serving by my side as members of our Caucus leadership team as we fight to protect Californians from higher taxes,” said Conway. “Working together, we will show Californians that Assembly Republicans are truly the ‘party of yes’ in Sacramento, promoting common-sense, bipartisan solutions to fix our broken pension system, safeguard our children from dangerous classroom predators and prevent devastating education trigger cuts from hurting our local schools and colleges.”
This pretty much reflects the change of Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s change from being a Republican to a Decline to State (NPP) voter and the fact that my Assemblyman Jeff Gorell has returned from deployment in Afghanistan.
Two moderate Republicans were also somewhat purged – termed out Cameron Smyth of Santa Clarita Valley being one.