Many Legal Insurrection readers have given up on California entirely, determining that the state’s politicians have flushed our prosperity and legacy of infrastructure innovation down the toilet with socialist policies and social justice laws.

However, there are a couple of crucial factors in this election cycle that may help pull the state from the garbage heap of history…at least a couple of inches.  One is President Donald Trump, who will have enormous coattails that will help carry the day in may state and local races (hence the fake news cycle that has just started).

Another contributing factor is individual citizen activism, which will be critical in inspiring people to vote and ensuring that they show up on November 3rd.  Of all these activists and organizers, few are as energetic and passionate as Scott Presler (aka “The Persistence”).  Presler is the 6 foot 5-inch powerhouse who organized a massive clean-up of Baltimore in the wake of Trump’s critical yet accurate remarks about the city.  He has followed up with clean-up efforts in about a dozen other cities, including a homeless encampment in Los Angeles.

I had the pleasure of meeting Scott last weekend during his stops in San Diego. The event is part of his tour through Orange County and Los Angeles, as he quests to “make America clean and great again.”

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Scott appeared at a campaign drive for Brian Maryott, who is running against incumbent Mike Levin for California’s 49th district (a seat once held by Darryl Issa).  There were about 200 Californian’s who came out to the event in Carlsbad on a Friday night to hear Scott’s take on the 2020 election and his plea to work hard campaigning for conservatives during the 2020 election cycle.

Scott explained his evolution from unemployed student to dog walker, to sanitation worker and activitst…thanking former president Obama for making him the community organizer for the right that he is today.

Perhaps the most significant laugh line was noting that the crowd was clearly more prominent than a Joe Biden rally….which it was, as evidenced by the line of people wanting to talk to Scott personally after the event

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Scott offered a response to those who wish to push the “Black Lives Matter” message: Yes, black lives do matter, and that’s why they should vote for the party and people who promote personal responsibility, capitalism, and patriotism.

Scott concluded his talk with a compelling message about how important it is to do the ground-work in local, state, and national campaigns.

“Don’t wake up on Tuesday, November 3rd wishing you had done more. This is history in the making. This movement didn’t start with Trump. It won’t ent with Trump. The American spirit is undefeatable.”

Scott made a point of mentioning the 20 congressional races that need to be won to flip the House back to Republican control. If the enthusiasm he generated during his appearance is a measure of potential impact, that there is a good chance that the 49th district can return to Republican control.

The district was one of those heavily impacted by Democratic Party ballot harvesting in 2018. Here is a snapshot of the Republican analysis of election night tallies and their change after the mail-in ballots were counted:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi42MnB2NLrAhU8FTQIHUPYDiUQFjAAegQIAxAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Frepublicans-cha.house.gov%2Fsites%2Frepublicans.cha.house.gov%2Ffiles%2Fdocuments%2FCA%2520Ballot%2520Harvesting%2520Report%2520FINAL.pdf&usg=AOvVaw3z2cLOkc8jw1oQClTY_mpB

Imagine the impact that 200 enthusiastic, motivated volunteers in each of those districts could have on the 2020 totals. Added to the Trump coattails, which were evident by the cheering whenever the president was mentioned, and there may be hope our state can help save us all from more Speaker Pelosi.

I want to sum up Scott’s appearance this way: if we could tap into Scott’s energy, California wouldn’t have a state energy crisis.

 

 
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