By Scott Lay, Publisher of the Nooner, a California Political Newsletter
RECALL: On Friday, I wrote about the effort of gun rights supporters to recall a sampling of legislators who voted for legislation regulating access to guns and ammunition. I further wrote that the proponents erred in selecting five Democrat legislators who are all Latino, providing ample, uh, ammunition, against the effort. None of the targets were authors of the bills cited as the most infringing.
Three of the five were elected in low-turnout special elections this year, meaning the quantity of signatures necessary to qualify a recall are far lower than for legislators elected in the November 2012 election. The fourth, Sharon Quirk-Silva, is the number two target of Republicans next year, and the fifth is Speaker John Perez, who proponents said they were targeting just to annoy him. I don’t believe the impetus of the recall efforts was racist, although if I am a Republican strategist, I would go out of my way to appear not racist. After all, Darrell Steinberg carried the most sweeping of the gun bills, but is not a target. Continue reading