SEIU Rewards Nestande With Cash

Steven Greenhut: Assemblyman Brian Nestande, the Palm Desert Republican who recently attended a “no more cuts” rally sponsored by the Service Employees International Union as part of its efforts to stop cuts to the In Home Supportive Services program, has been rewarded by the union for his decision to undermine Republican budget-control efforts. Nestande, the top lieutenant to Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, just received a $7,800 donation from SEIU for his 2012 Assembly race, according to Election track. Apparently, it pays to sell out the Republican caucus on behalf of public-sector unions. Conway should find a new lieutenant.

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  1. Kristine
    Kristine 9 February, 2011, 14:47

    As a disabled person that used this program to work my way OFF all other government assistance, I take offence to this article. Without IHSS I would be on the streets or dead. In Home Supportive Services was originally enacted/placed in to law by a Republican (Reagan)and has had bi-partisan support by any legislator that has bothered to do their homework. The program saves money. It is that simple. Schwarzenegger wanted to cut it, while giving tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy (who do you suppose he took donations from?) Being a master at manipulating the media, he did just that and told many lies about IHSS which persist in the current budget battle.

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  2. Bob
    Bob 9 February, 2011, 19:02

    I’d call Nestande a political whore but that would be an insult to whores everywhere.

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  3. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 10 February, 2011, 10:37

    Nice comment, Kristine. But don’t try to confuse Steve Greenhut with the facts.

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  4. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 10 February, 2011, 10:43

    “Without IHSS I would be on the streets or dead.”

    You don’t really think that will change Brother Greenhut’s mind, do you? He’s a proponent of the Ebenezer Scrooge school of public policy: “….then they had better (die) and decrease the surplus population.”

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