As the San Francisco Chronicle's Melody Gutierrez reports:
Gun-rights advocates plan to target Assembly Speaker John Pérez and four other Democratic lawmakers in a recall campaign to serve as retribution for California passing an assortment of gun-control bills this year.
Political consultant Jennifer Kerns announced Thursday that the lawmakers they will attempt to unseat include Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Pomona (Los Angeles County), Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton (Orange County), and Peréz, who terms out of his Los Angeles seat next year…
Kerns helped lead a successful recall in Colorado last month in which two Colorado Democratic legislators were replaced with Republican members due to their support of gun restrictions. Kerns said the Colorado efforts sparked calls for loosening restrictions in California, which has the toughest gun-control laws in the country.
We don't know enough about these California legislators targeted for recall or their districts to make any predictions, but former Colorado "grassroots" recall spokesperson Jennifer "CAPartyGirl" Kerns, a veteran communications flack for Americans for Prosperity and the struck-down Proposition 8 gay marriage ban in California, has evidently found her career niche! With an added twist: appearing with Kerns yesterday was one Asm. Tim Donnelly, a hard-right state assemblyman representing the high desert of southern California, described in this story as "running a low-funded campaign for governor next year." As we reported earlier this month, Jennifer Kerns was just hired as spokesperson for Donnelly's gubernatorial campaign.
Think about it: Kerns, despite an undeniably disastrous personal performance as spokesperson for the Colorado recalls, was nonetheless part of an unprecedented and successful campaign to recall two sitting lawmakers. Now she's working for gubernatorial candidate Donnelly, and at the same time instigating "Colorado-style" recalls against California lawmakers–which Donnelly is openly capitalizing on. Whatever Kerns' failings as a spokesperson, we suspect she has a Powerpoint about the Colorado recalls that will move any God-fearing red-blooded gun-loving American patriot to open their wallet. And faithful readers in Colorado, bracing for a permanent, perpetual recall election season substituting for a functioning democratic process? Can you really say with confidence that it can't happen in California too?
Don't get us wrong, we wouldn't even wish this torment on, well, California. But it appears to be on the way.