California elections of 2018 may turn out to be a referendum…on the Democratic Party.
I have previously noted that many of California’s legal citizens were extremely unhappy with the Democratic super-majority in Sacramento ramming through unpopular legislation, such as the “Sanctuary State” measure or the new gas tax.
Now, the first signs of a substantial political fallout are on the horizon as citizens are organizing a Golden State version of the Resistance.
To start with, Californians are now preparing to strip the Democrats of the super-majority status they have abused.
Carl DeMaio, a talk radio host and former city councilman in San Diego, said Tuesday that plans are moving forward to launch a recall of Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, who voted for the $52 billion road repair package, paid for by fuel taxes and registration fees, just four months after he took office.
Sen. Josh Newman, left, is joined by his family during the national anthem in 2016 before he was sworn in to office. Carl DeMaio, a talk radio host and former city councilman in San Diego, said Tuesday that plans are moving forward to recall Newman, D-Fullerton, who voted for the $52 billion road repair package paid for by fuel taxes and registration fees. Hector Amezcua firstname.lastname@example.org
“This is the right strategy. There’s consensus on it. And we are moving forward,” DeMaio said.
While the gas tax is the impetus of the action, DeMaio said he and others in the nascent coalition to oust Newman are primarily setting their sights on the Democratic Party’s two-thirds supermajority in the Legislature.
Next, one of California’s cities has voted to oppose the “Sanctuary State” measure. Dawn Wildman, key organizer for California Tea Party Groups reports:
“The Glendora City Council Members voted 5 to 0 to officially OPPOSE the CA Sanctuary State bill. The city council will submit an official letter of opposition to Sacramento.”
Glendora is a city within the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, a fairly blue area in this state that went for Hillary Clinton by over 70%. The video of the vote is here:
Finally, some Legal Insurrection readers may recall former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who made the region a utopian hell with a myriad of insane regulations. He is also “ethically challenged“.
Villaraigosa, who served as the city’s mayor for eight-years, broke the record for the largest ethics fine levied in California state history in 2011 — $41,849 — for failing to disclose free tickets he gave away to dozens of sports and entertainment events. He wound up paying back the city $42k.
During his time as mayor, Villaraigosa was the subject of countless ethics investigations. In 2007, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission accused him of 31 ethics violations surrounding his 2003 run for City Council.
Villaraigosa is running for governor in 2018 and made a surprise appearance at the Cudahy City council meeting. The reception wasn’t as warm and encouraging as he may have anticipated:
The good citizens of Cudahy City shouted, “You’re corrupt,” and “Don’t run for Governor” as Villaraigosa gamely smiled and ignored the chants. In other words, He Persisted.
It may turn out that the California elections of 2018 will be a referendum on the Democratic party, much as the recent Kansas congressional special election was supposed to be a referendum on President Trump. However, if Californians are already demonstrating at city council events and planning recalls, I don’t think it’s going to be as positive a result…unless victory is redefined as is was for Kansas.
Losing by not as much as they thought they’d lose is the Democrats’ new definition of victory #KS04
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