Dan Walters: Sen. Michael Rubio’s departure stirs California’s Capitol

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Ordinarily, the resignation of a state senator – particularly one not tinged with scandal – is of no more than passing interest. In fact, two senators had already resigned early this year to take their seats in Congress.

However, when Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Bakersfield, unexpectedly announced last Friday that he was leaving the Senate to become a governmental affairs executive for with Chevron Corp., it created a political stir.