Northern California Lawmakers Razz L.A. Legislators over Dodgers Shutout Sweep

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(LA Times) —

California Assemblyman Bill Dodd, a Democrat from Napa, brought an unusual accessory to Friday’s floor session: a kitchen broom, a not-so-subtle nod to the three-shutout series sweep inflicted on the Dodgers by the San Francisco Giants this week.

The Giants-Dodgers acrimony has been one of California’s most enduring sports rivalries — one that often creeps into life at the Capitol, from Twitter banter between members to office decor.

With the Giants winning three World Series championships since 2010, the Northern California partisans have recently held the upper hand in the rivalry. When the Giants were honored for their latest World Series win in January, Bay Area lawmakers roped in Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) to pose with them in a photo with the championship trophies. He wore a Dodgers hat.

Gomez, whose district includes Dodger Stadium, has emerged as the most ardent defender of Dodger Blue in the Capitol.

“There’s an obvious Giants bias in Sacramento,” Gomez said. “We have to stand strong.”

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