Breitbart News reports that left-wing billionaire financier George Soros has more leeway to entrench his “reform” policies now that his handpicked district attorney, George Gascón, survived a recall effort Monday.
The Gascón recall effort turned in an astonishing number of signatures in July: at 715,833, the campaign collected far more than the 566,857 needed, 10% of registered voters. The petition drive was the largest such effort in the history of the county.
But Los Angeles County officials invalidated nearly 200,000 signatures, for reasons such as a signature mismatch or a wrong address. After rejecting less than 1% of mail-in ballots in 2020, the country rejected nearly 30% of the recall signatures.
Controversially, county officials refused to allow observers to watch the verification of signatures: they argued that a recall petition drive was not an “election” and therefore did not have to include representatives of both sides to watch the process.
In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Soros claimed that the criminal justice system is “rife with injustices that make us all less safe,” and cited racial disparities in incarceration rates. He has backed some 75 “progressive” prosecutors nationwide.
In the upcoming mayoral election for Los Angeles, the top vote recipient, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), supported Gascón in 2020 and has not withdrawn her support, even in the face of widespread public opposition to his radical policies.
A victory by Bass would secure the “reform” policies that Soros has pushed, and that have resulted in surging violent crime in L.A.