Calderon enlists FTD’s help in quest for speaker’s seat

Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Industry, is pining for the speaker’s seat with all the earnestness of an awkward romantic suitor.

Calderon went so far as to send each of his Democratic female colleagues in the Assembly a dozen yellow roses Wednesday, an apparent attempt to garner support in his quest to replace outgoing Speaker Fabian Nunez.

According to the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert blog, the flowers were accompanied with a note that read, If I cant have your heart, Ill settle for your vote. Please be mine, Chuck Calderon.

Calderon is one of several local legislators vying to succeed Nunez as leader of the Assembly, including Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena and Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina. But his chances have been hindered by several factors, including his ties to lobbyists such as political consultant Richie Ross and his conservative reputation (for a Democrat). California Minority Report considers him a long-shot for the position, giving him 20 to 1 odds in the race for the speaker’s seat. 

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