Staff job could be boost
for state Senate candidate
Former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, who is running for the state Senate, recently got a jump on getting a Senate paycheck.
With no public announcement, Garcia, R-Cathedral City, joined the staff of then-state Sen. Bill Emmerson in October. Garcia is the field representative in the Palm Desert office of the 23rd Senate District, which Emmerson represented until he resigned Dec. 1.
Garcia represented much of the Coachella Valley in the Assembly from 2002 through 2008, and before that was a field representative for former state Sen. Jim Battin. That background, she said, is why Emmerson picked her for the $1,006-a-month part-time job, which Garcia called “an honor and a privilege.”
She dismissed any suggestion that the job helps her bid for the new 28th Senate District, which includes Palm Desert, the rest of the Coachella Valley and other parts of Riverside County. Emmerson has endorsed Garcia, as have most state lawmakers.
“I seriously doubt that such a minimal amount of time gives anyone an advantage,” Garcia said.
Garcia is one of three well-funded Republicans running for the GOP-leaning 28th.
“It’s very close to my home and my family.”