Shake Up, Part II
|The governor continues to shuffle his staff. Many of the politicos around the Capitol are becoming more and more convinced that the governor has subscribed to Jerry Brown canoe theory of centrist politics: paddle a little left, paddle a little right and end up down the middle. |
Take these two headlines, separated by only 10 days.
Governor's hire riles GOP conservatives
ANALYSIS: A move to attract moderates
Governor tacks to the right in shuffle
The second headline is from today's Mercury news, after the governor moved Cabinet secretary Terry Tamminen out of that position to become a senior adviser on environmental policy.
That move, which has been widely rumored, should help appease conservatives. Tamminen is an outspoken environmentalist who was the liason between the heads of all the state's departments and the governor. Now he simply advises on environmental policy.
The governor also appointed Fred Aguiar to replace Tamminen, a former GOP Assemblyman that various right-wing bloggers have said has "GOP credentials."
But those appointments came on the same day as he appointed a self-described centrist moderate who admires Sandra Day O'Connor to the state Supreme Court.
So go figure.