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Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is appealing to supporters to retaliate against a recall attempt to oust him from office as his opponents move closer to taking the case to voters.
In a fundraising message, Gascon called the recall a political power grab that attempts to “circumvent the democratic process.”
“The Republican-led recall effort in Los Angeles is poised to qualify for the November ballot,” it read. “And if they succeed, they will reverse all of our progress.”
Gascon and his supporters have attempted to portray the recall effort as being led by right-wing mega-donors and police unions. The Recall campaign George Gascon told Fox News in mid-June that it was close to collecting the necessary 567,857 signatures from registered voters to ask the recall question on the ballot.
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“The only person talking about partisan politics is George Gascon himself because he has no defense for his failed record,” the recall campaign told Fox News in a statement. “Whether he is intentionally lighting gas or delirious, Gascon’s continued casualty referrals and legitimate resident concerns are among the reasons he is going to be recalled in a landslide if we qualify.
A recall spokesperson told Fox News the group would make one last push to collect more signatures over the holiday weekend.
Fox News has reached out to the Gascon countryside.
Much of the opposition to the top Los Angeles County prosecutor stems from his progressive guidelines which critics have accused of increasing crime and emboldening criminals who they say no longer fear harsh consequences from the prosecutor’s office.
These include not asking for cash bail, sentencing enhancements or trying juvenile offenders as adults.
A number of cases that critics point to have contributed to the cause of the recall over the past few months. A transgender child molester convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl just weeks shy of turning 18 has been sentenced to a juvenile facility instead of jail, prompting backlash from the public. from civil servants, law enforcement and Gascon’s own prosecutors.
More recently, a woman who was walking with a stroller when she was assaulted in a hit and run has spoken out against him. Rachel Hart fought for the heaviest possible charges against her attacker, who was a minor on probation at the time of the incident. Ultimately, he was charged with two counts of assault with intent to harm and a felony hit-and-run.
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“I always thought, ‘OK, maybe he’ll be five.’ For me, that was a really low bar,” Hart said on “Fox and his friends firstThursday. “Five months, that’s what he got.”
Earlier this month, Gascon defended his politics after it was revealed that a suspect who killed two El Monte police officers was on probation at the time after receiving a plea from his office.
“The current case, he is arrested for possession of drugs, possession of a firearm. He could have, even under my instructions, he could have gone to jail. In fact, if the case had gone to trial, then c “It was very possible that he was still waiting for a trial date. He was out on bail, he was out on bail,” Gascon said.