John Nunez
John Nunez

Looks good for Romero-Dutton law: It bans ousted California politicians from getting unemployment

California state Sen. Gloria Romero's  bill to prevent loser politicians who get ousted by voters from collecting California state unemployment insurance has made it out of a key labor committee in Sacramento. Well, thank God for that.

Yes, you read it right. Thanks to a particularly bombastic politician in Rosemead, a special law has to be passed in California to stop ousted incumbents, who lose fair and square at the ballot box, from trying to cling to the public trough a little longer by claiming that they are "unemployed."

And one guy is to blame for all this:

John Nunez, a Rosemead city councilman, snagged $11,250 from that recession-hit suburb of Los Angeles. Voters ejected him in March of 2009, maybe because of his especially sneaky approach to being a public servant. In Rosemead, he also got caught up in a controversy over alleged sex harassment.

It was all so deeply embarrassing that a bipartisan duo, Los Angeles senator Romero, a Democrat, and Rancho Cucamonga state Sen. Bob

Dutton, a Republican, introduced Senate Bill 1211 to clarify: uh, NO, a failed politician is not "unemployed." He's just a failure.


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