Distracted on Facebook, Lawmaker Screws Up

California assemblyman Scott Wilk admits he can't multitask
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 15, 2015 7:30 PM CDT
Republican state lawmaker Scott Wilk of California.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – A Republican lawmaker accidentally cast his party's first vote for the California budget in years because he was distracted by Facebook. Assemblyman Scott Wilk was the sole Republican to vote for California's record $117.5 billion spending plan today. The Santa Clarita lawmaker later clarified he accidentally supported the bill in the Capitol while opposing it on Facebook. He posted on Twitter, "My wife is right—I can't multitask!"

California's budget is being negotiated between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders. They have yet to reach a final deal. Wilk's blunder won't show up on the official legislative record because the Assembly allows lawmakers to change their official votes. He did so after the session ended, receiving applause from fellow Republicans and boos from Democrats.

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