On politics in the Golden State
August 11, 2011 | 10:53 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to torpedo the nomination by his predecessor of a former top Republican lawmaker to a lucrative government post.

One of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s final acts in office was to appoint Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta), a former GOP leader, to a $128,000-a-year seat on the state panel that considers unemployment benefit claims.

The position is considered one of the most plum in state government; six of the seven spots are currently held by ex-legislators who received a soft landing there after leaving office.

Schwarzenegger named Hollingsworth to the job on his last full day in office, after the two had struck a bond through months of intense budget talks and a shared love of cigars.

There’s no such connection with Brown, a Democrat. The Brown administration has asked the Democrats who control the state Senate to scuttle Hollingsworth’s confirmation. If confirmed, Hollingsworth would be eligible to hold the job until September 2013. Otherwise, he can only serve until the end of the year.

“In conversation with the Senate, the administration expressed our intention that Dennis’ confirmation not go forward,” Brown spokeswoman Elizabeth Ashford said.

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