A Republican and a Democrat almost come to blows on the Assembly floor during the big budget debate yesterday. So what was the crux of the conflict? Taxes? Education cuts? The slashing of the judicial budget?
Nope. Ethnic identity.
Assemblyman Don Wagner, R-Irvine, was speaking about the Democratic bill to effectively abolish local redevelopment agencies. At around 1:45 of the video above, he says, "my friends I think I saw this in an episode of The Sopranos. 'Nice little RDA you've got there. It would be a shame if anything happens to it. And that's what's being asked of us here." Later, at 3:10, he says, "let's not go for the bait and switch, let's not buy the insurance policy that Tony Soprano is selling us."
Immediately, Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) rises to object to that characterization.