Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert blog pointed out what has to be one of the better displays of Republican hypocrisy in recent months.
Commissioner Michael Ward received the most compensation for time served, $68,400 in per diem, while Commissioner Maria Blanco pocketed the least, $35,100, records show.
The disparity between Ward and Blanco represents 111 more days in which the former reported that he had conducted commission business between late 2010 and this month. The panel is scheduled to shut down July 1.
For six of the first seven months in 2011, Ward reported averaging more than five days per week on commission business. In each of his two busiest months, he reported working 28 days and receiving $8,400 in per diem each month.
Mike Ward, the only Orange County representative on the CRC, is known to us as the most partisan member of the Commission. It appears that his mission, which he chose to accept, was to set the stage for Republican challenges to the boundaries drawn through the process they pushed trough in a 2010 ballot initiative. Ward notoriously complained, in a ProPublica story, that commission members had conspired in secret to manipulate the lines to ensure democratic partisan gains. At one meeting related to Orange County boundaries Ward complained, while discussing the boundaries for the 34th Senate seat, that the Santa Ana/Anaheim Community of Interest (i.e. Latinos) already had a Congressional and Assembly seat, and needed to allow other communities of interest to “have a turn”, without specifying which Community of Interest wanted a Senate District from Belmont Shores (Long Beach) to Downtown Anaheim.
You got to love it when the people who hate government the most are the ones who eat more at the government trough more than anyone else. A Republican eats the most, and a Democrat eats the least. Priceless.