The progressive group Courage California inducted 12 lawmakers into its “Hall of Shame,” calling out four senators and eight assembly members “who are most out of step with their constituents, and most closely aligned with the corporate and wealthy special interests that exploit Californians.”
Democratic Sens. Bob Archuleta, Susan Rubio, Glazer and Dodd all received an “F” grade from the group’s annual Courage Score Report Card, as did Democratic Assembly members Patrick O’Donnell, Timothy Grayson, Freddie Rodriguez, Blanca Rubio, Tom Daly, Jim Cooper, Jim Frazier and Rudy Salas.
If you haven’t read the scorecard yet, it’s flush with witty digs at the lawmakers, i.e. Dodd’s: “This wine country rep’s coziness with corporations uncorks a bitter vintage of bad votes.”
Courage California spokeswoman Madison Donzis described the report card as “a progressive north star” for liberal groups based out of California. The report card measures how legislators voted on “critical statewide bills and the extent to which elected officials accurately reflected the values of their constituents.”
As for who got an “A,” more than 20 senators and assembly members were listed as “Courage Score All-Stars.”
The full report card will be released Tuesday morning following a 9:30 a.m. rally at Southside Capitol, 1400 10th St., where Courage California Executive Director Eddie Kurtz will speak.
“Legislators must represent Californians, and take action to make real, bold progress on the array of challenges our state faces,” Kurtz said in prepared remarks. “Until then, Courage California will continue to call out state leaders—and we’re happy to name names—for their complicity, and make sure voters hear our message loud and clear.”