California lawmaker distracted by Facebook, votes wrong way

Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, address lawmakers as they debate one of the state budget "trailer bills" at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, June 15, 2015. California lawmakers approved a new $117.5 billion budget plan with Wilk accidentally casting his party's lone vote for the California budget because he was distracted by Facebook. Wilk's blunder won't show up on the official legislative record because the Assembly allows lawmakers to change their official votes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, address lawmakers as they debate one of the state budget "trailer bills" at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, June 15, 2015. California lawmakers approved a new $117.5 billion budget plan with Wilk accidentally casting his party's lone vote for the California budget because he was distracted by Facebook. Wilk's blunder won't show up on the official legislative record because the Assembly allows lawmakers to change their official votes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California assemblyman Scott Wilk’s latest Facebook update should read simply: “Oops.”

Wilk, a Republican lawmaker representing the 38th district in California, accidentally voted in support of the state’s $117.5 billion spending plan Monday, June 15, 2015, as other conservative politicians looked on in anger.

Wilk’s reason for the slipup? He was on Facebook.

Wilk was busy posting the reasoning for his decision to vote no on the budget and asking Gov. Jerry Brown to veto the proposed budget. Wilk soon recognized his error. The voting process allows lawmakers to change their official votes for the legislative record, which he did following Monday’s session.

Afterward, Wilk took to Twitter to clarify the situation. Said Wilk: “My wife is right – I can’t multitask!”

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