The Skinny: New hires

Looks like the political shops of both Assembly caucuses is in transition. Sam Blakeslee has hired consultant Kevin Spillane to take over caucus races for 2010, replacing  Joe Justin, who did the job for former leader Mike Villines. Over in the Assembly, Matt Reilly, who helped guide the 2008 effort which led to the Democrats winning 50 seats in the house, has been hired by KP Public affairs, leaving a void at the Speaker’s Office of Member Services. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner is spearheading an effort to overhaul the office, and word on the street is that a very familiar face to Capitol insiders is among the names mentioned as a successor. Here’s a hint: he’s no stranger to the Speaker’s office, and could not be reached for comment because he’s currently in Italy. Speaking of former Capitol players, Fabian Nunez has money in the bank, and a committee open to run for Gil Cedillo’s Senate seat. But during a discussion at USC’s Unruh Institute Tuesday, he told the audience he has no interest in running for the Senate in 2010. Guess that means John Perez or Kevin DeLeon will have to figure out which one will make the run for speaker, and which one will run for the Senate seat. Stay tuned…

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