Claremont Insider: Missing in Action

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Missing in Action

The Foothill Cities blog apparently broke the story that Assemblymember Nell Soto (D-Pomona), has been absent for the past two months due to pneumonia. As Publius at the FC blog noted, it's difficult to believe no one noticed an assemblymember gone from her duties for that long.

Sunday's Daily Bulletin ran an editorial criticizing Soto's office for keeping the public in the dark. The Bulletin commented:

Look at it this way: When you get sick and need to miss work, one of the first people you tell is your boss. You don't just stop showing up at the office. But that's essentially what Soto did, and while she and her staff can try to explain it away with "we thought she was getting better and would be back any time," it just doesn't wash. Not after two months have gone by.

(Speaking of her staff: What exactly were they doing during that two-month stretch? They couldn't cast votes for her, they certainly weren't issuing press releases, they weren't coordinating appearances for her or, we trust, crafting legislation without her input. So ... what?)

Soto represents Pomona, Chino, Montclair and Ontario.