Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 – 5:03 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 – 7:39 am

Ordinarily, the resignation of a state senator – particularly one not tinged with scandal – is of no more than passing interest. In fact, two senators had already resigned early this year to take their seats in Congress.

However, when Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Bakersfield, unexpectedly announced last Friday that he was leaving the Senate to become a governmental affairs executive for with Chevron Corp., it created a political stir.

There’s no reason to believe that there’s anything behind his departure other than what he said it was – a chance to spend more time with his family, including a daughter with Down syndrome – and presumably a chance to earn more income for that family.

His resignation created a stir because he was a rising political star with a fair chance of becoming president pro tem of the Senate, and a key member of the Senate’s informal bloc of moderate Democrats who will determine the new supermajority’s impact on legislative policy.

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