By PE Politics
May 27, 2011 5:13 PM

State Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, has demanded a spending cap, revamped pension system for state workers, and easing of state regulations as part of any potential deal to let voters consider extending higher taxes.

Union chief David Kieffer nevertheless views Emmerson as one of his favorite Republicans.

“I just found him to be a good guy,” said Kieffer, the executive director of SEIU California. The union’s locals represent 700,000 workers in California, including about 95,000 who work for the state.

“There are people out there in the world who have a Republican philosophy but want to make this thing called government work,” Kieffer said, counting Emmerson in that group, along with Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert.

The union has sent thousands of mailers into Emmerson’s sprawling Riverside County district. But the pieces go decidedly easy on Emmerson, unlike some other SEIU mail showing up in Inland mailboxes.

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