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The Buzz: Capitol has prominent role in ads for Central Valley seat

Republican’s ad aims to tie foe to Senate scandals

Legislative scandals – and tumbleweeds – are getting prominent roles in a tight race for the Fresno-to-Bakersfield 14th Senate District.

Republican Sen. Andy Vidak is trying to tie Democratic opponent Luis Chavez to a quartet of Senate Democrats. As a tumbleweed blows across the screen, a new Vidak ad links Chavez to incoming Senate leader Kevin de León and the Los Angeles Democrat’s description of the Valley as a place where “no one lives out there in the tumbleweeds.” The ad then segues to the indictments of Democratic state Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee on corruption charges and the conviction of former state Sen. Rod Wright for lying about where he lived on candidacy papers.

“Chavez is taking campaign money from other liberal legislators equally clueless about our valley,” the narrator says. “And those same Chavez supporters wouldn’t expel three senators indicted for serious felony crimes.”

Chavez has released a pair of ads hitting Vidak for voting against bills proponents say would deliver more health care money to the Valley and increase medical privacy.

“Sen. Andy Vidak,” the narrator intones, “just another Sacramento politician.”

Jim Miller

Worth repeating

“I really like the majority much better. Much, much better.”

SEN. BARBARA BOXER, California Democrat, noting to the San Francisco Chronicle that she has been in both the majority and minority parties during her 22-year career in the Senate.

CalPERS results

Theresa Taylor won election to the CalPERS Board of Administration and incumbent Priya Mathur won re-election, according to an uncertified vote count by the retirement system. Taylor, a Franchise Tax Board investigator who was supported by SEIU Local 1000, won the state-agency seat with 55 percent of votes cast. Mathur, a Bay Area Rapid Transit financial analyst first elected to the board in 2003, kept her seat with 56 percent of the vote. Taylor and Mathur will serve four-year terms that begin Jan. 16.

Jon Ortiz