Dan Reeves, chief of staff for Assembly Appropriations Chairman Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, sent this e-mail on Monday. It's a response to our blog post, "SEIU labor contract stuck in Assembly ditch." With Reeves' permission, we're posting the unedited e-mail here:
I wanted to respond to today's blog posting and clarify my comments to you yesterday. First, I fully anticipate that this MOU will get done, it's just a question of how quickly. I should have been much clearer on that point yesterday. Second, I don't speak for the Republicans and don't know what or how their Caucus thinks about this measure. My understanding and comment yesterday was simply that I hear they are considering withholding support for the measure until the outcome of the May 19th special election is determined. There is no ditch here in the Assembly. It's certainly my expectation that this House will in due course pass the MOU and state employees will not be used as political punching bags to distract us from resolving our budgetary crisis.