George Plescia

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George Andrew Plescia (/ˈplɛʃə/; born August 19, 1966) is a U.S. Republican politician from California.

Personal life[edit]

Plescia and his wife Melissa Dollaghan live in San Diego. He enjoys playing basketball and is a sports fan.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Born in Sacramento, California, Plescia graduated from California State University, Sacramento. Plescia worked as an unpaid intern for former State Senator Bill Morrow in his district office, and eventually became a paid staff member of Morrow's staff. Plescia was elected to the California State Assembly in 2002 to represent the 75th Assembly District, which covers parts of northern San Diego County, California. For part of 2006, Plescia served as floor leader of the California State Assembly's Republican. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve on the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.[1]

2012 State Senate campaign[edit]

Plescia ran against incumbent Democrat Marty Block to represent California's 39th district in the State Senate. Block defeated Plescia 58.4% to 41.6% in the November general election.[2] He took office on December 3, 2012.

During the campaign, Plescia generated controversy after running ads that accused Block of siding with teachers who sexually abused students. However, Block had actually voted against a procedural maneuver, not the bill itself. San Diego Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a former Republican, said that Plescia was "playing politics" with his accusation against Block.[3]

San Diego CityBeat called Plescia's claims "despicable" and "disgusting."[4] Although the U-T San Diego published an editorial criticizing Block for his vote, the newspaper also acknowledged that Block's vote was procedural.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Plescia, Board Vice-Chair". Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. State of California. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "39th State Senate District". General Election, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. California Secretary of State. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "A Procedural Vote Turns Into a Political Storm". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "George Plescia’s despicable charge". San Diego CityBeat. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 

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California Assembly
Preceded by
Charlene Zettel
California State Assemblyman
75th District
December 2, 2002–November 30, 2008
Succeeded by
Nathan Fletcher
Party political offices
Preceded by
Kevin McCarthy
California State Assembly Republican Leader
April 17, 2006–November 10, 2006
Succeeded by
Michael Villines