Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, confers with Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, as the Assembly debated Perez’s measure to close a corporate tax loophole and used the money for college scholarships, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. AP Photo
Frank Girardot, the editor of the Pasadena Star-News has a post up today touting California Speaker Perez’s support for Roger Hernandez and suggesting that Hernandez might resign if re-elected on Tuesday.
Clearly this most recent incident has turned some of Hernandez’s more ardent supporters into opponents. Among them is Baldwin Park City Councilwoman Marlen Garcia, who gathered a group of local women outside Hernandez’s office on Wednesday and urged him to step down.
“We have zero tolerance for such abhorrent behavior and demand his immediate resignation,” Garcia said, noting the allegations are “not new” to Hernandez. “It is high time he take responsibility for his intolerable actions.”
But the speaker will silently stand behind Hernandez.
Well actually the answer lies in the alternative. If Hernandez bows out and Gardner wins, a once sure Democrat seat goes to the GOP for the next two years.
If Hernandez can limp across the finish line – and then resign, Perez will have the opportunity to back a Democrat in a special election in 2013. Which is exactly what he should do.
Hernandez won’t be going any place if he wins on Tuesday.
I mean why should he?
Hernandez will be termed out eventually anyway and if he survives next Tuesday after facing his latest domestic abuse scandal and a not guilty verdict in a DUI trial what else could befall him?
The Democratic registration in his district and the demographics of a vast majority of Hispanic voters immunize him from a competitive election.
Speaker Perez could always strip him of his leadership position, but so what?
Roger Hernandez might actually have to be convicted of some sort of crime and be disqualified from office. Otherwise, he will keep his seat and representing his district in Sacramento.
Unless….. the voters say something else on Tuesday.