Combing the Want Ads
One of the most common hypothetical questions I’ve been hearing lately is, “What is Ray Haynes going to do if he loses?”
I think it is an excellent question.
Consider the following facts:
(1)Assemblyman Haynes has not held a private sector job for the better part of a decade and a half,
(2)Assemblyman Haynes is in real danger of losing his race for BOE3 to Michelle Steel,
(3)Ray has taken an active role, despite his own campaign, for both Kevin Jeffries and Jim Ayres,
(4)and Members of the State Assembly are not permitted to lobby for one year after terming from office.
Given that, what options does Ray have for employment post-Sacramento?
The most intriguing speculative answer I’ve heard to this is that Ray has given real thought to staying in the building, only as Chief of Staff to either Jeffries or Ayres (if he makes it – he’s in a tough race in Riverside against a McClintock-endorsed candidate). Thinking about it, that does make sense.
Ray brings years of institutional knowledge, an ability to move legislation, and a top-notch Rolodex. Plus, he sure beats the series of 20-somethings that keep getting brought up to the Capitol as Chiefs of Staff.
However, talk about an ego blow! If Ray falls short in his race, it’ll be interesting to see if this speculation turns into reality.