State Senator Abel Maldonado regrets bringing his wife along to the Republican state convention last month, a couple days after casting the deciding vote for California's controversial budget plan.
"It wasn't pretty," he told me. "There was a lot of shouting and a lot of insults. People were yelling at me, calling me a sell-out and stuff like that. I took my wife and maybe I shouldn't have."
Doctrinaire anti-tax Republicans were-and are-enraged that Maldonado and five other GOP legislators backed the budget, because it includes $15 billion in higher taxes. Although a right-wing recall effort against him fizzled, the party voted formally to deny him financial or any other political support. And most other Sacramento Republicans are giving him the cold shoulder treatment.