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What's a Guy Got To Do To Get Kicked Out of the California Legislature?

Getting convicted of several felonies is apparently not enough

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Rod Wright

California State Sen. Rod Wright, a Democrat representing Inglewood, was convicted in January of eight counts of voter fraud and perjury for lying about whether he lived in his district. Though he has taken a leave from his position, he is still technically a state senator. Republicans have attempted to remedy the situation with a resolution to expel Wright from the Senate, only to have Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg shift the resolution to committee to block it.

Republicans are amazed at the decision, with Sen. Steve Knight pointing out that its unprecedented for a state lawmaker to be convicted of felonies and not have resigned by this point. Hilariously, Steinberg seems to think that there's a chance that the judge could overturn the verdict, so they shouldn't act too rashly. From the Sacramento Bee:

Permanently expelling Wright is premature, Steinberg said, because the action couldn't be undone and Wright is planning to ask the judge to overturn the jury's guilty verdicts. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 16.

"Senator Wright has already left the building. And unless the judge sets aside the jury's verdict, Senator Wright will not be coming back," Steinberg said during his floor speech.

Steinberg acknowledged that judges almost always uphold juries' verdicts, but said Wright is not technically convicted until the judge finalizes the jury's verdicts.

"The integrity of this institution cannot tolerate a convicted felon in its ranks. But at this point in time Senator Wright is not a convicted felon," Steinberg said.

If Wright goes and if State Sen. Ron Calderon, recently charged by the feds for corruption, gets convicted, the Democrats will lose their supermajority in the legislature, thus giving Republicans a little bit more influence on lawmaking.

In an interesting counternarrative, John Hrabe at CalNewsroom writes about how, despite this one lie about where he lived, Wright was very good at challenging his own party on its love of regulation and the impact on California citizens and was a supporter of gun rights. He also supported legalizing online gambling in California.

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  1. What’s a Guy Got To Do To Get Kicked Out of the California Legislature?

    Apparently be anything else politically than a member of TEAM EVIL!

    PS:CHRISTFAG!

  2. What’s a Guy Got To Do To Get Kicked Out of the California Legislature?

    Be anything but a liberal/progressive?

  3. Actually, while I support recall of elected officials by the voters I do not think the other members of a legislative body should be able to expel someone chosen by the voters of their district.

    1. As a corrolary however, being removed from office should happen automatically if convicted of a felony – especially voter fraud.

      1. Not until there aren’t any drug-related felonies.

        1. Not until there aren’t any drug-related felonies.

          No, legislators should be exposed to risk for all the stupid-ass laws they pass. Definitely including the drug laws.

          1. No, legislators should be exposed to risk beaten with a sack full of doorknobs for all the stupid-ass laws they pass. Definitely including the drug laws.

            FIFY.

            1. No, legislators should be exposed to risk beaten with a sack full of doorknobs for all the stupid-ass laws they pass. Definitely including the drug laws.

              FIFY

              1. No, legislators should be exposed to risk beaten with a sack full of doorknobs for all the stupid-ass laws they pass. Definitely including the drug laws bowling balls.

                FIFY

                1. No, legislators should be exposed to risk beaten with a sack full of doorknobs for all the stupid-ass laws they pass. Definitely including the drug laws bowling balls and given over to Warty as a peace offering.

                  FIFY

                  1. Know Warty, no peace!
                    No Warty, know peace!

      2. Why? If the voters want a felon, why not let them have it?

        Imagine a case where the felon is one because of some law that he and his district disapprove of, a law that you and I might think an immoral law.

        1. Yeah, but if the felony happens to be voter fraud, how can you really trust he’s being elected legitimately?

          1. The state or federal government has a duty to oversee the elections and, if fraud has occurred, to declare and direct a new one would be the preferred way to address that.

            1. The state or federal government has a duty to oversee the elections

              I’m just saying that I’d consider a law that prevents someone convicted of voter fraud/intimination/election manipulation.

              Ruling out all felonies, otoh, is a bit of an overreach.

              1. Ruling out all felonies, otoh, is a bit of an overreach.

                Mostly because everyone’s already a felon and just doesn’t know it yet.

            2. Can we get foreign election monitors in Inglewood. I just think it’d be really fun to have random Belgians standing around polling places.

        2. I’ll agree with Bo just this one. I would prefer to have a convicted child molester represent me in congress instead of Henry Waxman.

          1. Agreed. But you do realize Henry Waxman has never claimed to have not been a child molester.

            1. He doesn’t deny it.

              1. When the felony is voter fraud? How do you know he actually won the election?

          2. Don’t worry. Soon Waxman will go back to his burrow and we’ll have Sandra Fluke (may her carpetbag be light!) representing us.

            1. I thought she was running for the state senate instead of Waxman’s seat.

              Serious question: can she move more earth with her spade-chin than Henry could with his burrowing ability.

              1. I’ve avoided the story, to maintain my healthy bp, once I heard she might be running.

                Waxman has millions of years of moleman evolution. I’d put my money on him.

                1. Yeah, but she’s got that Danny Kaye thing going pretty good. She reminds me of a Cat 988K

                2. I consider myself blessed to no longer be in Waxman’s district. But being represented by Xavier Becerra is hardly a major improvement.

          3. Hey, the child molesters are in the LAUSD classrooms enjoying their “due process.”

    2. “Actually, while I support recall of elected officials by the voters I do not think the other members of a legislative body should be able to expel someone chosen by the voters of their district.”

      So, no impeachments in any case for any reason? Well the Constitution doesn’t agree with that opinion.

  4. Was he convicted of dead boy hooker in his trunk?

    No? THEN, HE STAYS.

    1. It’s a “progressive” district. Dead boy hookers are fine. Dead girl hookers, well that’s just icky and heteronormative and should be punished.

      1. You can usually tell the party of the politician by the sex of the hookers. Dems tend toward girl hookers and Reps have boy hookers. It’s for scandal maximization.

  5. What’s a Guy Got To Do To Get Kicked Out of the California Legislature?

    Vape in the statehouse?

    1. I was thinking smoke unfiltered Luckies.

      1. Black market unfiltered Luckies, at that.

  6. “What’s a Guy Got To Do To Get Kicked Out of the California Legislature?”

    Join the Republican Party

  7. “The integrity of this institution….”

    sorry, I blacked out at that point

  8. Yawn.

    Being a convicted criminal is a prerequisite for joining the Illinois State Legislature or Cook County Board.

    1. Jesse Jackson JR was such a fuck up he couldn’t manage to be a dirty politician in Illinois. It almost makes me feel sorry for his dad, he must be so ashamed.

  9. “The integrity of this institution cannot tolerate a convicted felon in its ranks. But at this point in time Senator Wright is not a convicted felon,” Steinberg said.

    Apparently Steinberg knows not the definition of “convicted felon.” Mssr. Wright most certainly is a convicted felon, as determined by a jury. That he hasn’t exhausted his appeals does not make him any less a convicted felon at the present moment.

  10. The integrity of this institution cannot tolerate a convicted felon in its ranks.

    I like the use of the qualifier “convicted”. Otherwise, it would be a ghost town.

  11. Many erroneously believe that the citizens of California elect the government. In fact the unions, do, primarily the public parasite unions. Steinberg is the political director of the SEIU. Porkchop Perez, speaker of the assembly, is the political director of the food and commercial workers.

    The state and virtually every political subdivision within it is a cesspool of Democrat corruption.

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