For months, Capitol reporters have speculated about
Anne Gust Brown would play in Jerry Brown’s administration.
Now we know: yelling at Bob Dutton.
That’s what the Senate minority leader claimed Thursday
morning, following a week that saw budget negotiations
break down between Brown
and a quintet of GOP Senators known as the “GOP 5.” Speaking to reporters after
a short Senate morning session, Dutton said Brown has
treated him as largely irrelevant
to budget negotiations, and that one meeting in particular
didn’t exactly go
“I was yelled at more than I was talked to,” said Dutton,
R-Rancho Cucamonga, “and mostly by Mrs. Brown, not even by the governor.”
Dutton and Sen. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, portrayed the
governor as little interested in talking to Republicans
or paying attention to
“During that period [budget negotiations over the last
several weeks], the governor did not reach out to talk about the
budget or anything
else,” Dutton said.
Brown announced late in the day on Tuesday that negotiations
were basically “dead,” due to what he perceived as a lack of interest in
compromise. Dutton took issue with this, denying that
a seven-page document of
Republican ideas that had been circulating consisted
of hard and fast demands.
Among the ideas it contained were a hard cap on spending.
“These were things that were discussed to see if we
room for compromise,” Dutton said.
Dutton also denied speculation the Republicans were
interested in compromise and were merely trying to
“run out the clock” to
prevent a special election on taxes from happening
this summer. Brown has asked
for a five-year extension of several temporary tax increases,
indicated that members of his caucus were unlikely
to go longer than 18 months,
even as part of a compromise vote.
He said he was aware the GOP 5 were negotiating with the
governor and that he didn’t have a problem with it — “I assumed they (Democrats)
were working on a normal pickoff strategy.”