"I do find it fascinating that the first thing I learned is that the Republicans are more disenfranchised by the governor than the Democrats. He doesn't engage them. There's a joke going around that he attended a Republican caucus and they all wore name tags," said Ammiano. "The Republicans don't hold the governor in high regard. A lot of it is just personality and the doctrinaire thing on their part about no taxes."
This week, however, Republican leaders have finally entered in earnest into budget negotiations with Schwarzenegger, joining top Democrats. "They're predicting by the end of the month, perhaps in a week or two" there may be a solution, said Ammiano.
While the state is ailing, Ammiano has come up aces. On committee assignments, "I got pretty much everything I wanted." The freshman was placed on the health, education, human services and appropriations committees -- "That's the moolah."
Ammiano may be the funniest man to ever hold office in San Francisco -- though we hear Sunny Jim Rolph used to craft filthy limericks -- but the former supe's propensity for dirty jokes may not survive the trip to Sacramento. The man who quipped that Gavin Newsom and Chris Daly should have make-up sex probably can't talk like that now -- for perhaps the first time ever -- he has to work with conservative Republicans.
"Most of them are the nicest people ever," he says of his rightist colleagues. But he ain't inviting them to the Folsom Street Fair.