Recall of LA County DA Fails to Qualify for Ballot

Photo: The New York Times

The Facts

  • A petition to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has failed after organizers came around 50k signatures short of the 570k needed to make the Nov. ballot.

  • Nearly 200k submitted signatures were disqualified, with more than 88k belonging to people not registered to vote, and another 75k were reportedly duplicates or had a different address than the signees' voter registration.

The Spin

Left narrative

Despite objections from Gascón's loud opponents, his agenda and approach to keeping citizens safe while ensuring all are treated equally by the justice system remain popular. With this attempted power grab over with, the DA can go back to reforming LA's criminal justice system.

Right narrative

Gascón's woke policies have turned Los Angeles into a danger zone, which is why more than half a million voters want the chance to oust him. Los Angeles residents shouldn't be put at risk due to an incompetent politician, they should be given the chance to elect someone who will fight to protect them.

Cynical narrative

Neither side should be claiming victory. Boudin's ouster in San Francisco proves some want officials to be tougher on crime, but the failure to recall Gascón shows there's an appetite for criminal justice reform. It's a fine line to walk, and politicians on both sides should tread lightly when determining which way to lean.

Political split



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