Feb. 9, 2011 | California is drowning in a $26 billion budget deficit, but assembly Democrats are awash in cheeky dorkiness. In this video, shot during the last campaign season and tweeted today by the Sacramento Bee, several assemblymembers go all “We Are The World” as they lip-sync Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”. This may explain the assembly's peculiar choice of John as the greatest singer ever!
The YouTube clip begins with East Bay Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi and also features Speaker John Perez and Assemblyman Jerry Hill from across the bay, Nancy Skinner, Fiona Ma, Jose Solorio, Steve Bradford and Bob Blumenfield
The lawmakers traveled like rockstars, although sans bowls of coke and randy strippers. It is not known whether Hayashi’s local aide Chris Parman is accompanying the band on piano, but it sounds like his keystrokes.
UPDATE - 2/9/11 7:00 p.m.: The YouTube video was removed by user earlier this evening. I wonder which assemblymember found the clip undignified? The video was clearly produced with the consent of the assembly members. Filmed inside a campaign tour bus last year, the video is professionally edited and precisely syncs the lawmakers singing with the lyrics of the Elton John classic. Each member appears relaxed and willing to participate, some wearing sunglasses and drumming along with the tune. A few scenes show the notably vain Hayashi belting out sections of the song. But, one of the funniest moments occurs when Speaker Perez croons, "Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing." In the end, it is truly a piece of hysterical political bumbling, but hardly worth more than a good ribbing around the state capitol.
UPDATE - 2/10/11 2:00 p.m.: The clip is back online. The Internet always wins.
-STEVEN TAVARESPOLITICS HOMEGROWN eastbaycitizen.com