Just as the Republicans patted themselves on the back for electing a diverse freshman class to the State Legislature last November, they went right back to their Good-Ol’-Pal-selves by openly mocking one of their own: GOP AAPI freshman Assembly Member Ling-Ling Chang (AD 55).
On the Assembly Floor, no less.
And it’s all captured on the official State Assembly video. Here are the highlights:
After Asm. Chang presented her bill during a recent Assembly Floor Session, GOP Asm. Donald Wagner (AD 68) “commended” Asm. Chang for her “gumption” in introducing a bill on her own.
Then came GOP Asm. Eric Linder (AD 60), who asked, “Ling-Ling, did you forget your bling-bling?”
All the while, Asm. Chang stood there and took the jabs. She even dismissed the episode in a Facebook post, saying, “It’s all in fun.”
Evidently, the California Republicans’ embrace for diversity was short-lived, as the GOP legislators took no time in reverting back to their business-as-usual mode, with apparent lack of respect and sensitivity, even for one of their own.
I don’t know about you, but while I don’t mind the Republicans keep shooting themselves in the foot, this type of disturbing insensitivity has no place in the State Legislature or anywhere in the Golden State.
State Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
California Democratic Party