Darling of the Dems
Rob Bonta of Alameda, the State Assemblyman from District 18, flourishes despite his detractors.
By Robert Burnson | Photos by Rick Saez
Rob Bonta was late. I was sitting in the waiting room of his offices on the claustrophobic sixth floor of the Capitol Annex in Sacramento, scanning my cell phone, trying to figure out how to get back to the train station in case I missed the next bus.
Suddenly, I heard my name. I looked up. It was Bonta.
“Rob Bonta,” he said, holding out his hand and smiling his big Cheshire cat smile. “Sorry I’m late. My meeting ran over. I understand you have a train to catch.”
I had told one of his aides that I had to get back to the station.
“I’ll see if we can get you a ride,” he said, “and I’ll come along with you and we can talk on the way.”
You might conclude from this that Rob Bonta, the State Assemblyman from District 18, is a pleaser, someone who bends over backward to make people—at least, journalists—happy. That may be. But he certainly doesn’t please everyone, especially Republicans.