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Entitled Progressive White Male Governor Bullies Minority Woman to Bend the Law on His Behalf

Filed under: General — JVW @ 6:31 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Yeah, this sounds about right considering the central character involved:

Governor Gavin Newsom is doing everything he can to ensure he rides his late-pandemic popularity surge to victory in the recall election, but a paperwork snafu may keep him from being listed as a Democrat on the ballots, so he’s dragging his handpicked Secretary of State into court to correct his mistake.

On Monday, Newsom sued Secretary of State Shirley Weber—who he appointed to replace Alex Padilla, making her the first Black woman to hold the position—because his lawyer forgot to file a notice of party preference with Weber when he filed an answer to the recall petition in February 2020. The oversight would prevent “Democratic Party” from appearing next to Newsom’s name.

As Courthouse News reports, the Governor’s legal team only realized their “good faith mistake” in recent weeks and asked Weber to cut them some slack, but their fellow Dem shut them down.

“Weber, however, declined to accept the notice, necessitating this action,” the complaint reads.

Forgive me for a moment while I laugh uproariously.
OK, thanks.

Governor Hair-Gel’s argument is that one year ago he signed a bill which purports to provide voters with more information about the candidates listed on the ballot, so failing to acknowledge him as a loyal Democrat (yay!) might leave scatter-brained voters with the impression that a white male from a dialed-in San Francisco family who had the J. Paul Getty dynasty smooth his way into public office might actually be one of those nasty Republicans (boo!). So, according to his logic, his campaign’s bungling (the word even the usually-friendly Los Angeles magazine uses in their story) is outweighed by — don’t ‘cha know — public interest. Already the sleazy Democrat legislature has passed legislation allowing the recall election to be moved up 30 days earlier than current law allows, reflecting the theory that Newsom’s popularity is probably at the highest point it is going to reach now that we are coming out of COVID restrictions and the state is awash with budget money from Uncle Sucker in Washington.

It would be pretty awesome if Gavin the Governor loses the recall by a slim margin that can be reasonably attributed to bureaucratic error, the kind for which California under his stewardship is notable. But I’m sure that in the end Secretary of State Weber will come around and play loyal party soldier. Just another day in our one-party state: Cuba on the Pacific.


15 Responses to “Entitled Progressive White Male Governor Bullies Minority Woman to Bend the Law on His Behalf”

  1. Imagine a Frankenstein Democrat governor with
    * Andrew Cuomo’s thuggishness
    * Gavin Newsom’s slickness
    * J.B. Pritzker’s bank account
    * Gretchen Whitmer’s cluelessness
    * Tim Waltz’s cowardice
    * Jay Inslee smugness

    JVW (ee64e4)

  2. Kate Brown’s charm

    JF (e1156d)

  3. Please to explain to out-of-stater J. Paul Getty dynasty mention.

    nk (1d9030)

  4. Reminds me of when NJ rewrote the law to replace Torricelli with Lautenberg because Torricelli was so corrupt as to be unelectable. It was past the time to put someone else on the ballot, but Democrat politics trumped the law.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  5. Please to explain to out-of-stater J. Paul Getty dynasty mention.

    There’s a pretty thorough encapsulation here.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  6. There are other partys in california. The people don’t vote for them very much. Why would a black, latinx or native american or white liberal vote for a racist republiKKKan?

    asset (69c504)

  7. “Public interest” = “Democrat Party wants”

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  8. Kate Brown’s charm

    Richard Nixon’s candor.
    Rod Blagojevich’s scruples.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  9. They could schedule the recall in November or December and it wouldn’t make a difference. Newsom will beat the recall and none of the 57 (and growing) candidates will offer radically different solutions to California’s problems.

    Don Quixote would be proud.

    Rip Murdock (cbadfd)

  10. California is a one party state because the other party is ideologically hidebound and doesn’t represent the interests of those who might vote for it. That’s why Republican registrations barely exceed no party preference (24.2% v. 23.7%).

    Rip Murdock (cbadfd)

  11. Agree with #9.

    Dana (fd537d)

  12. @10 hardly

    it’s a one party state because republicans are an export and democrats are an import

    JF (e1156d)

  13. Newsom “Hair Gel” Guv
    small biz owners hate the guy
    there is no there there

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  14. Others may or may not have “solutions”. Needle nose Newsom has shown he has no solutions, he is in way over his slicked head.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  15. as detroit goes, so goes california

    JF (e1156d)

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