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Mona Pasquil named interim Lt. Governor of CA

On Tuesday, Lt. Governor John Garamendi of California won a special election to replace Representative Ellen Tauscher in the U.S. House of Representatives. This left a temporary vacancy in his current position that has now been filled. The lucky replacement is his chief of staff, Mona Pasquil. According to this piece in the Sacramento Bee:

Garamendi's chief of staff, Mona Pasquil, will serve in an acting capacity as lieutenant governor until Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger'sappointee is confirmed.

Pasquil will serve an administrative function, carrying out the lieutenant governor's functions at the State Lands Commission and other panels.

I had a chance to work with her a little during the Kerry campaign and she was great. Here is the rest of her bio from Profilesblog. It's a little dated, but it covers most of her key experience:

Mona Pasquil is one of the 30 members of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee. She’s one of the 11 that support Hillary Clinton and will play a crucial role in this decision. We have investigated and found the following entry from Mona on her ZoomInfo profile:

Mona most recently served on the senior staff for the Kerry Edwards presidential campaign as Deputy Political Director for Constituency Groups. A longtime leader in the Asian Pacific Islander American community, Mona previously served as political director for Governor Gray Davis, California political director for Gore/Lieberman 2000, deputy CEO for the 2000 Democratic National Convention, western political director in the Clinton White House, western political desk and director of Asian Pacific affairs at the DNC.

Good luck to Mona!

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rameyko on Fri, 11/06/2009 - 07:37

I have to say, this is a pretty classy gesture by Arnold.  It doesn't happen often, so it's important to recognize when a governor actually recognizes the will of the voters like this.

Unless California law requires the replacement to be from the same party?

curtis on Fri, 11/06/2009 - 08:00

It's just an interim replacement until Arnold names his own person. I don't know if it was done out of courtesy or if he was legally forced to accept it.

rameyko on Fri, 11/06/2009 - 08:02

Oh yeah - but interims are exactly where keeping someone of the same party can be said to be a respectful gesture towards the voters until a replacement election can be held.

Facts (not verified) on Sun, 11/08/2009 - 22:34

While I agree that Gov Schwarzeneger did do a classy thing in  this 'inerim appointment'  There are a few key issues.  I do not say this to in anyway disparage her.  Th Governor was not 'required' to oppoint her,and did so.  She will not have the ability to act on the executive functions performed by the Lt Gov when the Governor is out of state.  Senate President Pro Tem Stienberg will perform those executive functions, and after him Assembly Speaker Bass.  Furthermore any appointment to fill the rest of Garamendi's term by the Governor has to be ratified by the state legislature...they have 60 days from the date they return to session in January, unless a special session of the legislature is called by the Governor.  But all of that info aside, I have one Major concern,  ms pasquil as an appointee of th Lt Governor was not required by law to be confirmed by the legislature, she is a purely politcal appointee. She was not elected by the voters, nor confirmed by the senate.  And considering the myriad commisions and boards the Lt.Gov sits on and appoints people to it is inapropriate for her to be allowed to excercise any authority on those commisions/boards as that would be contrary to the intent of the legslative make-up of said boards and commisions.  She should however excercise the 'managerial' functions described. 

Jack (not verified) on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 19:09

FYI: An interim appointment automatically goes to the ranking #2 in the office if I am not mistaken. When March Fong Eu resigned in 1994, her top deputy was Tony Miller, a liberal Democrat and he became the top guy. When Jesse Unruh died in the late 80's and the Lungren nomination failed, Tom Hayes, the top deputy remained in the top spot as interim. So no, it says nothing about Arnold. It looks as though Dave Cogdill, a Republican from Modesto is going to be the guy.

philip (not verified) on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 00:15

I don't why we have to get all what she can or cannot do as a interim appointment. the fact that this pinay sister got the temp gig, should be congratulated and recognized. politics is so screwed up in california (look who's Gov) this to me has been the only bright spot in all the years I have been living here (56) I only wish her the best in this interim appointment 

Richard Ivey (not verified) on Fri, 12/18/2009 - 09:01

Written like a true lawyer but missing are any references to the state constitution and statutes. You get a B-plus.

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