Assemblyman John Perez, D-Los Angeles, stands to cast his vote for himself during the election of a new Assembly Speaker at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7. By a 48-26 party line vote, Perez defeated Assembly Minority Leader Sam Blakeslee, of San Luis Obispo, to replace Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles.
The unanimous vote is generally regarded as a show of support for whichever sucker ends up with the job of herding the cats in California's legislative body.
The snub was apparently urged by conservative pundits online, according to former Speaker Willie Brown. It's not clear whether being a Democrat or being gay was behind the demand, though Republicans have voted for the previous four speakers, all Democrats.
"We're just going back to more historic roles about how we elect a speaker," Republican Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee told the Capitol Weekly.
Republicans nominated Blakeslee for the speakership instead of Pérez. Blakeslee then lost the vote, which carried along party lines.