Brown joined other lawmakers in roasting former Assembly Speaker
"Your way of keeping everybody in the dark was a real winner. If they had known everything they were doing, they couldn't accomplish half of what we accomplished,'' Brown said with a dry grin. "I say that—if the press is listening—with some degree of irony. No, we're for transparency, for the record. We love the FPPC [Fair Political Practices Commission] — all the good things.''
The governor then pivoted to a more serious tone, praising his fellow Democrat for his hard work for California.
"John, you made a hell of a contribution to California. It was great, great to work with you. And I've worked with a lot of speakers around here…. You got it done. You were a big presence for a big period and I think the people of California will long cherish what we've been able to do together.''
Brown offered to help Perez on his future endeavours. Perez lost his bid for state controller in the June primary election.
In the Capitol’s other chamber, Brown offered kind words for outgoing Senate President Pro Tem
"It's a pleasure to be with somebody who has such a faith in the process," Brown said.
"You've got more damn vision than anybody else I've ever met."