Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has just a few days left before Governor Jerry Brown returns to California from China. But don't expect Newsom to do anything drastic while he's in charge. The University of Southern California's Dan Schnur says Lt. Governors typically keep a low profile while in charge. Though he says they occasionally stir things up.
"Back in the 1980's George Deukmejian had precisely this problem with a Lt. Governor of his own party, but with whom he disagreed with on a number of issues," Schnur says. "Every time Deukmejian would leave the state the Lt. Governor would take some type of executive action. Every time Deukmejian came back, he'd would reverse it."
And Schnur says that's typically why Lt. Governors don't take any action. They know it'll get reversed immediately. He says it can also appear as if they're taking advantage of their situation.
"It's much better for a Lt. Governor with future political aspirations, like this one, to mind the store, do what needs to be done, but not take any action that's particularly provocative or controversial," Schnur says.
That's the route Newsom has been taking. He's been giving some speeches, making some appearances, and generally keeping up a normal routine until Brown is back in charge.