A Senate confirmation hearing for California State University Trustee Steve Glazer was put on hold today as Gov. Jerry Brown sought to shore up Republican support.
Senate Republican leader Bob Huff said he met with the Democratic governor today to discuss Glazer's confirmation vote and other issues. The caucus has not yet taken a position on the appointment, which requires a two-thirds vote of the full Senate.
"I think we're going to a good place," Huff said after the meeting. "We just weren't ready to make a decision this week."
Glazer, a top unpaid political adviser to Brown, was scheduled to appear in front of the Senate Rules Committee today. But Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced that consideration of Glazer's appointment would be pushed back a week.
Steinberg spokeswoman Alicia Trost said the "hearing was delayed to allow further conversations with the minority party."
"Steve Glazer is an excellent candidate and the pro tem looks forward to his confirmation," she wrote in an email.
Glazer, who is helping run Brown's tax measure campaign, was appointed to the board by the governor last year. He faces a May 3 confirmation deadline.
Brown spokesman Evan Westrup declined to comment on the confirmation or the meeting, referring all questions to Senate Rules and the Republican leader.
Another Brown appointee to the CSU trustees, former board chairman Herbert Carter, failed to win approval earlier this year. Steinberg opted not to bring that appointee up on the floor after Republicans voiced opposition over Carter's earlier vote on executive compensation packages.
Huff said he asked several members of his caucus to develop recommendations for changes to CSU governing policies in the wake of that failed confirmation. While the product of that working group is not finished, Huff said the governor seemed "amenable" to the issues he raised.