Billionaire George Soros and other wealthy liberal donors’ push to elect progressive district attorneys in California hasn’t been fruitful.
Most of the candidates Soros backed suffered major defeats on Tuesday.
Soros spent almost $3 million in a campaign to elect four Democratic district attorneys in California. These candidates supported “lower incarceration rates, crackdowns on police misconduct and changes in a bail system that they argue discriminates against the poor,” writes Fox News.
Instead, candidates with a more traditional stance on law and order beat out these liberal candidates.
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert beat out Soros-backed Noah Phillips in the Sacramento County by a 2-to-1 margin.
“This is a good day for the people,” said Schubert after she won the election, reports the Sacramento Bee. “You can’t buy an election in the county of Sacramento. Here’s to four more years.”
Soros helped fund a smear campaign against Schubert after she didn’t prosecute a police officer for shooting a civilian.
Another candidate Geneviéve Jones-Wright, who was given $1.5 million by Soros, lost to District Attorney Summer Stephan in San Diego, who won by 60 percent.
Some liberal activists were disappointed in where Soros dedicated his spending.
“Soros, if you’re going to put money into something, put it into people and activists and groups and leaders who can really mobilize and get people to the polls,” said Rev. Shane Harris, founder of the National Action Network’s San Diego chapter. “You can pay for all the ads in the world, but if people don’t go to the polls, it really doesn’t matter.”
Then Soros-backed Pamela Price lost to District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in the Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay area. Soros attempted to out O’Malley, who is a Democrat, for her “racist stop-and-frisk policies.”
However, one of the Soros-backed candidates did win on Tuesday.
The progressive District Attorney candidate Diana Becton won in the Contra Costa County, also in the Bay area. She will face off Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Graves in the November general election since he received 42 percent of the votes. So there’s a chance none of the Soros-backed candidates in California take over DA seats.
Liberal activists are arguing that even though they only saw one minor victory, the massive funding raised didn’t go to waste.
“Win or lose, these campaigns have been a success because they elevated the voices of voters,” said Anne Irwin, founder of the nonprofit Smart Justice California. “The elections reminded the DAs that these are not tenured positions. They have to answer to the communities that elect them.”
But Soros pinpointed his candidates against powerful police groups because many vowed to crack down on police misconduct and showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
“So much of the California criminal justice system is dominated by law enforcement, and it’s hard to get their support, and yet they have a very strong voice,” said Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School professor. “Money alone won’t do.”
Author’s note: This is great news for Republicans. It shows that America is not in tune with Soros’ progressive ideas and DA seats can’t be bought.