Both the Senate and Assembly Rules committees will interview Bruce McPherson, a moderate Republican who was termed out of the state Senate last year. Senate Democratic leader Don Perata says the Governor’s appointee will have to gear up quickly, because of upcoming special election deadlines.
“We have all these initiatives on the street now, and it’s very important to have a date certain where the Secretary of State will not accept petitions beyond a certain time because it puts a disproportionate burden on the counties that have to comply.”
A relatively smooth confirmation process has been predicted, based in part on McPherson’s long legislative career and his relationships with lawmakers. If confirmed, McPherson would replace Kevin Shelley who resigned, effective earlier this month. Shelley remains under investigation for allegedly mis-spending federal election money.