Left-wing billionaire George Soros may have the last laugh in Los Angeles: after his handpicked district attorney, George Gascón, survived a recall effort Monday — thanks to the invalidation of nearly 200,000 signatures — he can entrench his “reform” policies.
The Gascón recall effort turned in an astonishing number of signatures in July: at 715,833, the campaign collected far more than the 566,857 needed, 10% of registered voters. The petition drive was the largest such effort in the history of the county.
After the recall of left-wing San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin in June, proponents of the Gascón recall believed they had the political momentum at their back. They hoped to repeat in L.A. what citizens had achieved in San Francisco.
But Los Angeles County officials invalidated nearly 200,000 signatures, for reasons such as a signature mismatch or a wrong address. After rejecting less than 1% of mail-in ballots in 2020, the country rejected nearly 30% of the recall signatures.