The effort to recall radical L.A. County District Attorney George Gascon hit a huge milestone Saturday as the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder confirmed that the group collected 715,833 signatures, far more than the 500,000 required to put the matter on the November election ballot. Although the Recall Gascon movement announced its signature success on Wednesday, this is the first time that election officials have acknowledged it.
There’s still one hill left to climb, though: the Registrar has until August 17 to verify the signatures. Although the office can be notoriously tough regarding signature verification, they would have to disqualify an awful lot of people for this to fail. Signature validators will use the “random sampling technique,” where they will check only 5 percent of the signatures for legality.
Today we submitted to the LA County Registrar 717,000 signatures to recall DA George Gascon — 150,000 more than required to force an election. The Registrar has 30 days to "verify" that we've crossed the 566,857 signature threshold.
Thank you LA! #RecallDAGeorgeGascon pic.twitter.com/9fbDzEnfnC
— RecallDAGeorgeGascon (@DAGasconRecall) July 7, 2022
The effort mimics the one used by San Francisco, where progressive San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin was given the boot in June after a successful recall effort.
Gascon has been an absolute terror to the city of Los Angeles, freeing criminals left and right, and refusing to adequately prosecute even violent crimes. From the LA Times:
Growing frustrations with Gascón have centered on his all-or-nothing policy stances. On his first day in office, Gascón barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty, trying juveniles as adults or filing sentencing enhancements, which increase the amount of prison time a defendant will face in certain situations, including if they use a gun in the commission of a crime.
RedState brought you the outrageous story of how a drug-fueled teen on parole driving a stolen car purposely mowed down a mother and her baby. Gascon gave the perp five months in a “probation camp.” The mom in that case turned against him after that, and even became the face of the recall campaign. In another case, a teen brutally sexually assaulted a 10-year girl, yet received only a slap on the wrist. The list of Gascon’s atrocious decisions goes on and on.
Overall, crime has skyrocketed under his leadership since 2020:
As of April, shootings in Los Angeles are up by 69% since 2020. Violent crime is up by 7.2% when compared to last year. Robberies are up by 18.5% when compared to last year. Car thefts are up by 40% when compared to 2020.
Criminals love Gascon so much that one convict called him a “champ” and promised to get his name tattooed on his face. L.A. Deputy DA Jon Hatami told Fox News:
Today really is, I believe, the beginning of the end of George Gascon…
…People are scared. They’re concerned for their safety. We have a city and a county that is lawless. We have a city and a county where people feel they can do whatever they want and not be held accountable for their actions.”
You know you’re not well-liked when your own deputy is smashing you in the press.
It’s been a long 18 months. 2 petitions, over half a million signatures and countless volunteer hours. We came together to make a stand with one voice to say Bye Bye George Gascón!!
If you volunteered, supported, shared, donated or signed the petition… THANK YOU!!!!! pic.twitter.com/hzmqgfPpFD
— jonathanhatami (@jonathanhatami) July 6, 2022
It’s been a beautiful thing to see Chesa Boudin and now, hopefully, George Gascon thrown out of their jobs. I cannot even fathom what they were thinking when they pushed these criminal-loving, victim-hating policies. I suppose they would say they were pursuing “equity” and “police reform,” but anybody who graduated kindergarten knows that letting violent criminals walk free with little or no penalty is a recipe for disaster. And a disaster it was, in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. We can only hope the L.A. Registrar doesn’t have any tricks up his sleeve to try to disqualify the effort, and then when election time does arrive in November, that voters come out in droves to recall this menace.
Goodbye, good riddance, Gascon–don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
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