The politician is Speaker of the California Assembly Fabian Nunez, of our own 46th Assembly District right here in L.A. He celebrated the eve of St. Valentine's Day in a truly ghoulish way.
Yesterday everybody else was out buying candy and roses for their beloved, but not Fabian. The Long Beach Press-Telegram says (click on this post's title) Nunez was announcing his support for an anti-life bill to set up Oregon-style suicide-by-doctor here in the Golden State.
The California bishops' lobbying arm, the California Catholic Conference, will oppose this bill. They are at: http://www.cacatholic.org
But in addition to that, some loud public opposition from Cardinal Mahony would blunt some of Nunez's effectiveness on this very dangerous pro-death legislation.
The Cardinal knows Nunez, of course, and sometimes they have appeared at the same events.
They were speakers at the Congreso Nacional Latino last September. Also, last April 27 they were in an interview together on Univision's La Nueva 101.9 FM before the May 1 boycott.
So now would be a perfect time for the Cardinal to speak up and be heard in defense of the vulnerable elderly, ill and incapacitated whom the suicide-by-doctor bill is targeting.
And if the Cardinal does not speak up, the rest of us had better speak up ourselves -- which we should do anyway, of course.