Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court but California’s Democrat governor Jerry Brown, also a Yale law alum, opposed President Trump’s pick. During the left’s smear tsunami, Brown told reporters, “There’s no doubt that he was a heavy drinker and he told the exact opposite statement. So his lies, I think, are relatively well-proved and I hope the FBI can figure that out.” As it happens, concern over heaving drinking is a new development for the California’s top Democrat.
Previous governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed as state finance director Ana Matosantos, who held only a BA in political science and feminist studies. In 2011, Sacramento police busted Matosantos for drunk driving, which from 2003 to 2012 claimed 10,327 lives in California. She took full responsibility for her “reckless and irresponsible” actions and offered to resign but incoming governor Brown declined the offer and kept the unqualified Matosantos on the job.
In late September, the California governor vetoed a senate bill that would have allowed “undocumented immigrants,” also known as illegal aliens, to serve on all state boards and commissions. Brown’s veto said existing law “which requires citizenship” for these forms of public service, “is the better path.” That judgement came a bit late.
California’s voter-approved 1996 Proposition 209 bans racial and ethnic preferences in state employment and education. In March, California senate boss Kevin de Leon defied that law when he appointed Lizbeth Mateo, 33, an “immigrant rights activist,” to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee. The attorney become the first “undocumented” resident to occupy a statewide post. The senate boss, now running against fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein, said the appointment was “a clear shot to a president and attorney general that continued to demonize these young men and women who in many ways are more American than they are.”
Governor Brown offered no objection to the appointment of a non-citizen to a state position. Legitimate citizens and legal immigrants had good cause to wonder if the governor wanted non-citizens to vote.
In 2015, Brown signed the “Motor Voter” law that empowers the DMV automatically to register voters. The law supposedly had “firewalls” that prevented illegals from voting but secretary of state Alex Padilla refused to cooperate with a federal probe of voter fraud after the 2016 election. By March 2018 the DMV had issued driver’s licenses to more than one million “undocumented” persons.
Padilla believes the right to vote is “fundamental” and Brown has expressed no concern that more than one million non-citizens might vote in November. The three-time contender for president of the United States is on record that Californians are “the citizens of the fifth-largest economy in the world.” Brown also approves California’s sanctuary state law and attacks its critics as “low-life politicians.”
The shooting of Kate Steinle and murder of police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis by previously deported Mexican nationals prompted no second thoughts on sanctuary from Brown. As he heads for the door in January, the hereditary, recurring governor has stayed busy.
In September, Brown signed a bill barring anyone under age 21 from purchasing a rifle or shotgun. As Second Amendment advocates noted, this meant that those under 21 can deploy guns to fight for their country but stand prohibited from buying a gun to defend themselves and their families. This also marks a change of sorts for Brown.
During the 1970s, AIM militant Dennis Banks was involved in a gun battle at a South Dakota courthouse. Banks fled to California and governor Jerry Brown refused to extradite the fugitive, whose “gun violence” was politically correct at the time. More recently, the governor has been fondling his soft spot for violent criminals.
On September 30, Brown signed Senate Bill 1391, which empowers criminals age 14-18 to commit murder and other violent crimes and escape prosecution in adult court. These juvenile criminals, who could easily include MS-13 gang members, can be imprisoned only until they turn 25. Brown’s approval of the measure proved distressing to crime victims and their families, but crime victims have never rated highly with Brown.
For chief justice of the state supreme court governor Brown picked his campaign chauffer Rose Bird, who had no judicial experience. In 10 years Bird heard 64 capital cases and never voted to uphold a death sentence. The cases included Theodore Frank, duly convicted of kidnaping, torturing, raping, murdering and mutilating two-year-old Amy Sue Seitz in 1978. In 1986, voters booted Bird by a two-to-one margin and ousted justices Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin, Brown appointees who sided with Bird on the death-penalty cases.
Last year Jerry Brown commuted the sentences of nine convicts convicted of murder or attempted murder. Crime victims and their families might watch how many of California’s convicted murderers the 80-year-old Democrat pardons before leaving office next year. Maybe he will commute the sentence of Juan Corona, 84, the previously deported Mexican national who murdered and mutilated at least 25 Americans.
Jerry Brown made it easier for violent criminals to claim victims and more difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves. Brown has also made California the state with the highest income and sales taxes. Whatever the decade, Jerry brown is the perfect governor for the party of crime, high taxes, illegal immigration and voter fraud.