Capitol Alert: VIDEO: Parliamentary game gave Rod Wright a taste of his own zingers

hamezcua@sacbee.comJanuary 30, 2014 

Sen. Rod Wright was convicted on felony counts in a case that challenged whether he lived in the district he represented.

HECTOR AMEZCUA — hamezcua@sacbee.com

One of the most entertaining orators in the state Capitol is the Democratic state senator who was convicted Tuesday of eight felonies for not living in the Los Angeles-area legislative district he represents.

Sen. Rod Wright -- who routinely speaks out during debates over vocational education, gun rights, energy policy and gambling -- often peppers his testimony with the kind of zingers you don't usually hear from elected officials. He talked about the "po-po" in discussions about the police; spoke out against bills he believed were "robbing the hood"; and often argued something was obvious by saying, "even Ray Charles can see that..."

Wright's colleagues playfully tossed the one-liners back at him on the last night of the legislative session last year, as he presented Senate Bill 470 around 9 p.m. Here's a video clip of the Wright-themed round of legislative bingo, in which lawmakers try to insert a list of certain words into their floor speeches, including quips from Senators Ron Calderon, Lois Wolk, Fran Pavley and Ben Hueso.

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