The evidence is piling up all across the country.
Whether it’s San Francisco ousting far-left school board members, or blue Virginia denying teachers union stooge Terry McAuliffe a second term as Governor, it’s becoming increasingly clear that woke politics is rapidly becoming a political albatross even in places you wouldn’t expect.
Now one radical District Attorney in a far-left city is changing his tune as political winds shift against him.
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón was elected in 2020 in part thanks to left-wing billionaire George Soros spending millions of dollars to prop up his campaign.
This was part of a push by Soros to back radical prosecutors all across the country as Democrats pursue an agenda of “criminal justice reform” – which in practice is little more than a euphemism for letting convicted criminals go free.
As a result of this leniency, Gascón and his allies have presided over a crime wave that has overwhelmed many Democrat-run cities and is becoming a major political issue.
Gascón has been soundly criticized for the sentencing of a 26-year-old sex offender to juvenile prison for the violent assault of a 10-year-old girl that took place before the assailant’s 18th birthday.
The case was tried in juvenile court because of Gascón’s policy of never trying juveniles as adults and with a juvenile sentence the convicted assailant, Hannah Tubbs, will not have to register as a sex offender.
Tubbs also has had several previous criminal convictions.
In the wake of public outcry, the Los Angeles Times reported that Gascón is now changing his policy on juvenile trials, saying:
“Los Angeles County prosecutors can now seek to try juveniles as adults and pursue life sentences against defendants in certain cases, according to memos issued Friday by Dist. Atty. George Gascón, marking a major shift in his all-or-nothing stances on certain criminal justice reform issues. Committees will be created to evaluate “extraordinary” cases where a defendant’s conduct might require harsher penalties than those allowed under Gascón’s policies, according to documents reviewed by The Times.
In cases involving juvenile defendants, that could mean transferring their cases to adult court. In murder cases, that means prosecutors can now seek to file special circumstance allegations against a defendant in certain situations — such as killing a police officer who is on duty or killing a witness — making them eligible for a maximum sentence of life without parole.”
Veteran LA County prosecutor Jonathan Hatami believes that this apparent change of heart is really just borne out of necessity now that Gascón is facing a recall for the second time.
In an interview with the New York Post, Hatami says, “We are supposed to believe that he has suddenly changed his entire belief overnight. He is a politician and he believes he will be recalled and lose his job. I would love to believe that George Gascón wants to follow the law and fight for victims, but this is the same Gascón that refuses to meet with victims, refused to meet with deputy district attorneys and called the mother of a murdered child uneducated and to shut up. He has heard the polls, he has seen the public safety crisis in LA, and he knows he’s in trouble with all Angelenos.”
Gascón’s shift may easily be explained as a politician in self-preservation mode.
But hopefully whatever the reason, this marks the beginning of a trend nationwide that will start the process of getting the recent crime wave under control.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.