The Buzz: Maviglio not conflicted about bond with Huma Abedin

August 21, 2013 

Communications pro Steve Maviglio was not thrilled when he wound up on the front page of The Sacramento Bee earlier this month, the focus of a story that raised questions about his dual roles working for both Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and various interest groups that lobby the Legislature.

The story prompted rival Jamie Court to ask the Fair Political Practices Commission whether Maviglio "broke the law by having economic interests as a private consultant on legislation while influencing Assembly decisions about that legislation … ."

Maviglio took to Twitter to complain that he was not having a good day. Then came an unflattering editorial and a cartoon portraying Maviglio as a dog named "Spinner."

Things perked up for him this weekend though, when The New York Times wrote about Huma Abedin, the wife of New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner who was a top aide to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state. The story questioned Abedin's dual roles working for both the State Department and a consulting firm with private-sector clients.

"I'm in good company," Maviglio said this week. "If it's good enough for the State Department, it's good enough for the Legislature."

– Laurel Rosenhall

BILL WATCH

The Assembly has approved a formal apology for a 1942 policy that institutionalized discrimination against more than 300 Japanese American California state employees during WWII. ACR 19 offers no reparations for terminating those workers on the basis of their ancestry, noting that the state gave wrongly dismissed employees $5,000 each as a "symbolic compensation" in 1982.

– Jon Ortiz

WORTH REPEATING

"These aren't our friends or neighbors; these are people who have been sent to jail for crimes."

ASSEMBLYMAN BRIAN JONES, Santee Republican, in a video on his website, complaining about Assembly Bill 4, which would restrict the ability of local law enforcement to detain for federal immigration officials undocumented individuals arrested for minor crimes.

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