June 14, 2003
Another reason to dump Gray Davis

30,000 Calif. caregivers arrested in '03

Note that the figure covers calandar year 2003, which is only half over.

[DSS Director Rita] Saenz said most of the arrests were for minor offenses, such as petty theft or creating a public nuisance, and 2 percent involved more serious crimes.
Still, about 1,500 arrest reports have been coming through her office each week, causing a backlog, Saenz said.

That two percent is still 600 serious crimes. If Davis was a Republican, there would be outraged screaming from all the special-interest groups lined up on the left. (Look at the response in Florida to GOP governor Jeb Bush's troubles with foster-care programs. It's instructive.) But because Davis is a Dem, expect a muted response to the whole scandal.

posted on June 14, 2003 02:38 PM


Davis should go but in a one party state his ouster won't be a victory for Republicans. Rather, just a chance for Dems to rally 'round the next man in line.

posted by Ben on June 19, 2003 11:25 AM

Actually, this whole thing will put the Dems in a bind. The recall measure (if it makes it on the ballot) will accompany a list of candidates to replace Davis if he is recalled. Any Dem who decides to enter the race is going to be demonized by Davis's rabid supporters, so it's likely that the winner is going to be one of several GOP hopefuls.

One would think that if Davis were recalled, the Lt. Gov (Cruz Bustamente) would take over, but that is not the way this measure works. I have to admit, I am a bit foggy of the mechanics of the issue (one of the disadvantages of no longer living in the state).

posted by timekeeper on June 19, 2003 11:36 AM

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