The George Soros plan to go after D.A. races was cunning. It's yielded some dividends. But not this around in the Golden State.
This time the Golden State Killer and George Soros both lost in Sacramento County.
In Sacramento County, Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert, a prominent conservative voice in statewide politics, declared victory with 64% of the vote. Her Soros-backed challenger has yet to concede.
In California, he spent more than $2.7 million. The money from Soros and others helped challengers match or surpass the millions of dollars — mostly from police, prosecutors and local business groups — flowing to incumbents unaccustomed to such organized liberal opposition.
In Sacramento County, the liberal coalition threw its support behind Noah Phillips, a career prosecutor who challenged Schubert, his boss.
The divisive race exposed deep rifts in the community. Phillips focused on anger over police shootings, particularly the death of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man shot in March as officers searched for a burglary suspect. The killing sparked weeks of protests in the capital, prompting Schubert to erect a fence around the district attorney’s office.
The race took another twist in April, when Schubert announced the capture of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case. Her campaign capitalized on the arrest, rolling out ads that told voters, “She protects us.”
And she did. From Soros and the Golden State Killer
In San Diego County, incumbent Summer Stephan won nearly two-thirds of the vote, according to the county elections office.
In San Diego County, Geneviéve Jones-Wright, a deputy public defender, made campaign promises that included the creation of a police accountability unit.
When Soros announced support for Jones-Wright, Stephan launched a website calling her “the anti-law enforcement candidate.”
In Alameda County, longtime Dist. Atty. Nancy O’Malley looked to have comfortably avoided a runoff with 60% of the vote.
In another divisive race, Alameda County saw the liberal coalition throw its resources behind Pamela Price, a civil rights lawyer, in her bid to unseat O’Malley, a longtime incumbent who had the support of some of the state’s key Democrats, including Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein.
At best, Soros might be 1 for 4 out of his $2.7 mil.