OC Republican Assemblyman Punished After Calling For Transparency In State Spending?

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Speaker John A. Perez
Did California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez punish an Orange County Republican Assemblyman yesterday for balking at an alleged appalling lack of transparency in state spending proposals?

That's a question raised this morning at a "God and Governance" conference in Newport Beach by Allan Mansoor, a conservative who represents a large portion of coastal Orange County in Sacramento.

According to Mansoor, it's standard practice that members are given at least a 24-hour advance to study upcoming legislative ideas before a vote, but that in an Assembly healthcare subcommittee on Friday Democrats gave Republicans two pages of proposals--including millions of dollars in new, unexamined spending--a mere 25 minutes before a scheduled vote.

"I said, 'This is ridiculous,'" Mansoor told the audience that had gathered inside St. James Church to plot ways to combat the "evil"--homosexuality, abortion, contraception and Godlessness--overtaking the nation with President Barack Obama at the helm. "[The new legislative proposals] are not transparent to us. It's not transparent to members of the public or the press, who want to read about it and understand it."

The former Costa Mesa mayor and Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy said that he asked the majority for an additional hour to study the proposals, and won but at a potential cost.

He claims Speaker Perez, a liberal Los Angeles Democrat, got "very upset" by him demanding greater transparency in government actions.

"Coincidentally or not coincidentally, I don't know, [but] two of my bills that had been passed out of committee with bipartisan support were killed," he said about proposals involving foster care and rehabilitation homes.

"So, that's how Sacramento operates," said Mansoor, who attended the gathering with his gorgeous fiancee, Jennifer. "Important decisions aren't being debated publicly as much as they should be."

A call to Speaker Perez's office for a response to Mansoor's charge was not answered, which was no surprise given that it's a long, holiday weekend.

Mansoor, who is in his last term, is rumored to be contemplating a challenge to fellow Republican Michelle Steel, a State Board of Equalization member who has announced she wants to assume departing Supervisor John Moorlach's seat on the all-GOP Orange County Board of Supervisors.

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949girl
949girl topcommenter

My friend was set up on a blind date with Allan Mansoor a few years back.  She said it was terrible and that he kept referring to President Obama as a socialist.  I guess he's a very socially awkward guy lol!!

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle topcommenter

I forgot if it was the CA Assembly or Senate but anyone remember that one democrat who was locked out of his office and put in the broom closet becuaase they did not vote along the party line?  No wonder nothing is done for the right (correct) reason.  We have children running our state.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Our legislators should be given the benefit of the doubt and trusted without us asking for transparency. They are former activists and have been to law school and passed the bar. Their wisdom shouldn't be questioned by the commoners.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Alan Monsoor is a fool because he was listed as one of the worst mayors for Costa Mesa but probably not as bad as this current one. After all they think that there's an invisable man running the City Hall by the name of God. If you don't believe me go look on the rear wall of the City Council Chambers where it reads "In God We Trust".

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"I said, 'This is ridiculous,'" Mansoor told the audience that had gathered inside St. James Church to plot ways to combat the "evil"--homosexuality, abortion, contraception and Godlessness--overtaking the nation with President Barack Obama at the helm".

And this is exactly why he was removed as the mayor of Costa Mesa. He had to run for State Assembly so he could get away with more BS.

"There are 2 differences between repubs and demos - repubs want to keep whats coming to them and demos want to give almost everything away".

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

"We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it."

That's how it works.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Mansoor will know if he hurt the dem's feelings if he gets audited.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Why do we feel the need to comment on his fiance's appearance?

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Yup. They play hardball in Sacramento.

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle topcommenter

lame, it's ceremonial like our money.

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

@JGlanton I think that there may be more intended than meets the eye when it comes to that reference.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@moonbandito Sounds like the response of a slimy "aide and abettor" of corruption in California. So how far are you willing to go to maintain/increase whatever intoxicates you? 

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