As California continues to plummet toward complete financial collapse, lawmakers in the State Assembly this month put aside a slew of important issues and devoted precious legislative time to pass a resolution that would make the first week of March “cuss-free” in the Golden State.
ACR 112, as it is known, will likely face fierce opposition from Humboldt County’s Senate representative Pat Wiggins, whose staunch defense of her First Amendment rights emboldened her to launch the infamous “bullshit” remark aimed at an African-American pastor from a Sacramento-area church during a televised committee hearing in 2008.
While Wiggins’ increasingly erratic behavior has attracted widespread media attention and concern in political circles over her “outbursts, odd displays of affection and apparent inability at times to focus or remember” that some say is evidence of her stunningly rapid mental decline, staffers have adamantly maintained that the senator is competent and fully capable of fulfilling her duties. Wiggins’ most recent outburst a little over a week ago was a screaming tirade at an empty water container that lasted for several minutes and ended with what witnesses said was her moving threateningly toward a fellow senator that caused security and staffers to intervene. Wiggins’ press aid David Miller acknowledged to the media that the 69-year-old senator has a medical condition she’s being treated for, but Miller has routinely downplayed her “irritable” behavior as a byproduct of a hearing problem.
The resolution, which was co-authored by Assemblyman Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata), could mark the latest move by Democratic leadership in Sacramento to distance themselves from Wiggins. Cal-Channel, which televises the legislature’s proceedings, already pulled the plug on televised hearings that Wiggins chairs.
According to the text of the “No Cussing” resolution, any profane outburst from Wiggins during the first week of March would encourage the Santa Rosa-based Democrat “place money in a jar…and donate collected funds to charity.” Perhaps Wiggins, who is paid more than $116,000 annually by taxpayers and may not actually know who she is or where she is at any given moment, should send any collected money to the state’s coffers to help chip away at the ballooning budget deficit.