The Governor recently called term limits "crazy." Now, I don’t agree that they are crazy, there were good reasons for term limits, and the voters were not crazy in enacting them. But I have come to the conclusion they are not a good idea.
I ran for office in 1990 supporting term limits. I believed at the time that doing whatever it took to remove Willie Brown as the Speaker of the Assembly was justified. Dem Legislators weren’t going to do it, it appeared voters weren’t going to do it. Maybe term limits would.
Well, the voters did, in 1994, when they elected the first Republican majority in the Assembly since Reagan’s first term as Governor. I was elected to the Assembly in 1992, then in 1994, two terms in the Senate, and when my term there was done, I went back to the Assembly. I supported term limits through my first term in the Assembly and my two terms in the Senate. I changed my mind when I went back to the Assembly.
My first term in the Assembly was an interesting one. We were the first class elected knowing we were subject to term limits, but we were mixed in with some of the war horses of the… Read More