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Soros-sponsored progressive DAs in California are rejected by voters

Soros-sponsored progressive DAs in California are rejected by voters

Another sign that the only #BlueWaves Democrats will see this November are those goodbye from normally reliable constituents.

A few weeks before the June 5th primary, my California compatriot Katy Grimes reported that the George Soros-funded California Justice and Public Safety PAC spent millions in the district attorney’s races in Sacramento, Alameda County, and San Diego.

Now that the votes have been counted, we have another data point showing the #BlueWave has petered out. It is transparently clear that the voters did not want what this particular New York billionaire was selling.

In Sacramento County, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert defeated Noah Phillips by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, getting 65 percent of the vote. Phillips led an insurgent campaign, attacking Schubert for failing to prosecute a police officer who shot a civilian.

He reportedly received around $400,000 from Soros and admitted Soros’ team scripted and paid for a TV ad during the campaign, the Los Angeles Times reported. His fundraising efforts received help from Cari Tuna, wife of Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, who contributed more than $650,000 to a political action committee led by Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King.

….Geneviéve Jones-Wright, the Soros-favored candidate in San Diego County, also suffered a major defeat Tuesday. She got only 36 percent of the vote while her opponent, District Attorney Summer Stephan, received more than 60 percent.

Soros spent more than $1.5 million in the race, funneling the money to a political action committee that propped up Jones-Wright’s candidacy as she pledged to form a police-misconduct unit and supported progressive reform of the criminal justice system.

Stephan fought back against the influence of outside money in the race, declaring Soros’ backing a public safety threat. Jones-Wright, meanwhile, insisted the money merely gave a voice to minorities and poor people.

In Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley fended off a challenge from Pamela Price, reportedly receiving more than 60 percent of the vote.

Reviewing the outcome, it looks like Soros’ election experts assumed that California’s deep blue status meant that social justice activism would be the winning ticket in these races.

The results suggest the campaigns failed to energize like-minded voters to turn out against entrenched incumbents backed by police unions in a midterm primary election, in which conservatives historically are more likely to vote. And they appeared to underestimate the deeply rooted support that law enforcement enjoys in a state as politically blue as California.

The network’s past victories in Chicago and other parts of the country often relied on tapping voter anger over police shootings of African Americans or other hot-button issues. In Sacramento, the strategy didn’t work for a Soros-backed candidate who attempted to ride a wave of public outrage over the recent killing of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man shot by officers searching for a burglary suspect.

“People were angry enough, but it did not last to the polls,” said the Rev. Shane Harris, founder of the National Action Network’s San Diego chapter, who said he was speaking on his own behalf and not for the organization.

These resounding defeats are additional signals thats the only #BlueWave that Democrats will be seeing this year are those goodbye from normally reliable constituents. In fact, California’s June 5th results are so bad that the Los Angeles Times seems worried.

Final numbers on voter participation won’t be in for a while, but turnout seems unexceptional. With more than 97% of the precincts reporting, less than 21% of registered voters had cast ballots. That’s in line with the anemic turnout in the 2014 primary, and far, far below the five previous midterm election primaries.

…But the real MAGA effect on the primary seemed to be on the GOP side, where the Trump endorsement of John Cox pushed the Republican businessman and frequent failed candidate into the gubernatorial top two.

Cox would appear to have as much chance of beating Democrat Gavin Newsom in the general election as the Cleveland Cavaliers do of winning the NBA finals, but that’s not really the point. Merely having a Republican at the top of the ballot will help bring out GOP voters, or so the theory holds. Will Democrats turn out as well, or will November bring another drive-by blue wave?

I must admit, this is the most schadenfreu-delicious news I have covered in some time.


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The only cure for California is bankruptcy, because what ails California is delusion brought on by too much (unevenly distributed) prosperity.
The only thing that will slow that process down is a responsible Republican, who will be pilloried for his efforts and scapegoated for any problems. Just like Romney.

regulus arcturus | June 8, 2018 at 9:21 pm

Soros needs to be destroyed.

    He has 5 children. 4 sons and a daughter. At least one of them would pick up where he left off. And with an $8 billion (yes, with a B) fortune, the best security imaginable. Perhaps even a Clone Vault in Antarctica 😉

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Fen. | June 9, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Don’t you think their orgs have violated the U.S. laws that requires asset forfeiture?

        What on earth are you talking about?

        What laws do you allege he has broken?

        And what exactly do you imagine asset forfeiture is? Do you seriously think there is some law that, if someone breaks it, would result in his losing all his assets? Or what?

      HamiltonNJ in reply to Fen. | June 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      You got that right. His kids will pick up where he leaves off.

Nobody likes Soros. All the newspapers had to say was that he was sponsoring somebody. The coverage was not even negative.

Of course, he sponsored candidates who would make a mess of things in office, which does not play well at the local level.

    Milhouse in reply to Valerie. | June 10, 2018 at 1:56 am

    Actually lots of people love Soros. You won’t find them here, but they exist in the millions. He probably has at least as many fans as the Kochs, who really do deserve adulation.

I’m also in San Diego. Jones-Wright’s inexperience and pro “release em all” attitudes sealed the deal. I’m not sold on Stephan -she’s got some holes too

“Curses! Foiled again!”

Too bad this wisdom is too late for Philadelphia, which now has to suffer for at least another 3-1/2 years with its Soros-backed, BLM-loving, antifa-loving jerk-off DA, Larry Krasshole.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to JPL17. | June 9, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Impeach him.

      Who do you think can impeach him, and on what grounds?

      Article VI, Section 7 of the PA Constitution provides that as an elected constitutional officer, a district attorney may be removed from office only upon conviction of misbehavior in office, of an infamous crime, or by the Governor, for reasonable cause after notice and hearing on the address by two-thirds of the Senate.

So Democrat enthusiasm is down. That is always excellent for a mid-term (it is good for Presidentials).

And we haven’t even gotten to the major OIG reports.

I predicting House R +15 to 250.

Leslie, what do you think are the weaknesses of the Republican Party in California?

I have a friend who lives in San Francisco who is the stereotypical Republican – Ivy league, club sweater, aloof, condescending, arrogant, out of touch, country club frat boy. Muffy the 3rd. Basically a carcicature of the Establishment (E) wing of the GOP.

But I don’t trust stereotypes, especially based off of one person, so I was wondering if you see the same thing in California?

If not, then what is it?

    JPL17 in reply to Fen. | June 9, 2018 at 8:09 am

    You’re delusional. These days the “Ivy league, club sweater, aloof, condescending, arrogant, out of touch, country club frat boy, Muffy the 3rd” is a Democrat.

    Anonamom in reply to Fen. | June 9, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Not Leslie, but I will add my opinion. Fen, I think you’re going to find it difficult to stereotype the California Republican voter, because they are different things in different regions. In many ways, California is a microcosm of the nation; it is sharply divided. The coastal areas are very liberal; the Republicans there, particularly in the North, are as you described. The Orange and San Diego County Republicans are not quite as old-school elitist, if you will, but tend to be more fiscal conservatives than social. The Central Valley and the desert counties historically looked more like Oklahoma, with the Republicans there both socially and fiscally conservative.

    As for the Party’s ongoing weakness: Honestly, it’s demographics. The liberal coastal cities grossly outnumber the rest of the state, so that makes most statewide races the Democrats’ to lose. The Central Valley, historically the conservatives’ bedrock, now is beginning to resemble Northern Mexico more than anything else, so the Republican vote is becoming increasingly diluted.

    So my personal opinion is that California is doomed to remain blue (in every sense of the word.) Which may be why our family fled over 7 years ago, so consider my bias. 😉

    amatuerwrangler in reply to Fen. | June 9, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Go 150 miles east of SF and you find yet another variety: retired refugees from the coastal craziness. They pretend to farm and ranch; they grow grapes and make wine. They do livestock. Much like the San Joaquin valley but not much hard-core growing of crops. The long standing families are all pretty conservative although not opposed to taking a gubmit handout in the form of farm aid. State of Jefferson territory.

    Many re-registered a decade ago in an attempt to confuse CA’s redistricting, and changed back and forth when the traditional primaries happened… the jungle primary makes that unnecessary now.

    It is getting diluted as more people move in… the lefties tire of the crime and decay and cash in their house to buy a mac-mansion here and they start promoting the policies that provided the crime and decay they fled. They think that a 1/3 acre lot makes them some kind of land baron, in an area that for decades had prohibited any division less than 5 acres (outside city limits).

    But don’t move here…. hotter than hell insummer and miserable in winter. And your neighbor will have cows that crap on the ground… And snakes.

      Thanks. I served my first 3 years at 29 Palms but rarely got off base. Visted Palm Springs twice I think. I fell in love with the desert but never saw much of the state. Had a hot busty redhead girlfriy in LA but uhm.. we stayed inside her apartment when I took leave.

        Fen in reply to Fen. | June 9, 2018 at 4:12 pm

        Funny aside. I had just gotten back from Somalia, took a bus to LA to see her. When I got off at the bus stop I shouldered my seabag and started walking. Sure, she was on the other side of downtown but I was a tough, blooded infantry Marine and didn’t want to waste money on a cab.

        Some black guy intercepted me and asked if I was crazy. Said I wouldn’t make it through alive. I spotted him a 20 for saving me from my stupidy and got a cab.

        Major dumbass. Darwin Award worthy.

In Sacramento, the strategy didn’t work for a Soros-backed candidate who attempted to ride a wave of public outrage over the recent killing of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man shot by officers searching for a burglary suspect.

Note how even a conservative writer gets sucked into the BS narrative. The only reasonable reading of this excerpt is that Clark was swept up by accident or negligence, while the police were looking for someone else. In fact Clark was the burglar — not merely “suspect” — the police were looking for. They caught him in the act of attempting to break into the house of the person who called them. They chased him, he jumped a fence into what someone’s yard, then pulled something from his pocket, took up a shooter’s stance, and pointed it at them. If there was ever a righteous shoot this was it, and the fact that the object turned out to be a phone is irrelevant.