Bob Huff


Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/25/2013 03:39:12 PM PST

Gov. Jerry Brown has been among the most iconic Democrats in one of the nation’s most Democratic states over the course of four decades, but his State of the State speech on Thursday suggested that some of his plans may actually be in line with Republican priorities.

“It was nice to see the governor channel his inner Republican,” said Bob Huff, the state Senate’s top Republican.

Huff, R-Walnut, said in a telephone interview that those remarks echo those of Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway, R-Visalia.

Huff also represents Chino Hills and Diamond Bar.

The upshot is that Brown and the Legislature’s GOP minority certainly do not see eye to eye on all issues affecting the state, but there appears to be more than just a little opportunity for the governor and Republican leaders to find a measure of agreement over the coming year.

Huff said Brown’s speech could be heard as a call for smaller government, a Legislature that passes fewer bills, business-friendly reforms to California’s key environmental law and a rainy day fund.

Whether those ideas can become policy, he said, is another matter.

“The rhetoric’s great. Where’s the reality,” he asked.

When it comes to whether Brown’s words will find themselves written into law, the question may not be so much whether the governor can reach a compromise with Republicans as much as whether he can make a deal with members of his own party.

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