Attorney Andrew Pugno couldn’t beat state lawmakers (not on their home turf anyway), so now he’s decided to try and join them.
The chief counsel of the Yes on 8 campaign confirmed Tuesday that he’s filed papers to run as a Republican for the state Assembly next year. The Folsom attorney would represent the 5th District, which includes Sacramento’s suburbs and a southern corner of Placer County.
Pugno didn’t have much to say about his candidacy Tuesday — he was kind of busy with all that Prop 8 legal stuff. (You may have heard; it was quite the ruckus.) But he’s no stranger to the Legislature.
In the mid-1990s, Pugno worked for then-Assemblyman Pete Knight, the author of Proposition 22, the 2000 voter initiative that barred, at least temporarily, gay marriage in California. In fact, Pugno helped the Republican Knight introduce two pieces of legislation, predecessors to Prop 22, that would have defined marriage as only a union between a man and a woman. Legislative Democrats killed both efforts.
Wonder what his legislative reception would be like in 2010?
(Your guide to our coverage of the Prop 8 decision is here.)
— Cheryl Miller
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