The Skinny

Last spring, there was a whole lot of jockeying for the 46th Assembly District seat. A staffer for Speaker Fabian Nunez, Ricardo Lara, a staffer for Sen. Gil Cedillo, Arturo Chavez, and the cousin of Antonio Villaraigosa, John Perez, all had designs on the seat. In the end, Chavez and Lara were effectively muscled out after Nunez reached a deal with Villaraigosa and Los Angeles labor leader Maria-Elena Durazo to back Perez. But Cedillo, who is termed out of his Senate seat, may be looking for some revenge. Nunez, with his $7 million in the bank, is the odds-on favorite to take Cedillo's seat in 2010, something for incoming Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to look out for as he takes the gavel this week. But Cedillo has two years of Assembly eligibility left, and could mount a challenge to Perez in two years. Now, two years is a lifetime in political years, but a Cedillo candidacy might be a chance for both Nunez and Cedillo to get some revenge. A challenge to Perez by Cedillo could help neutralize Perez, who has already been tagged as a newcomer to watch, in any potential speakership challenge to Nunez pal, and current speakership front-runner Kevin DeLeon. It's nice that we can kick off the swearing in of the freshman class with so much potential intrigue…

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