George Soros has spent millions of dollars trying to elect district attorneys who agree with his brand of criminal justice reform, but some of his candidates have suffered blowout losses in recent elections, including Tuesday in California,
George Soros has spent millions of dollars trying to elect district attorneys who agree with his brand of criminal justice reform, but some of his candidates have suffered blowout losses in recent elections, including Tuesday in California, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The question is, are these mere speed bumps or is the political pendulum swinging against Soros and his progressive coalition? San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan won in a landslide over Deputy Public Defender Geneviéve Jones-Wright in what may have been the marquee establishment vs. Soros matchup. In Sacramento County, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert defeated Noah Phillips, a deputy prosecutor who had Soros’ backing, by few touchdowns. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley overwhelmed civil rights attorney Pamela Price, also backed by Soros’ forces.
In Contra Costa County, the roles were reversed. Appointed District Attorney Diana Becton, a former judge, was backed by the Soros coalition against veteran prosecutor Paul Graves. Like DAs in other counties, Graves had backing from police and deputy district attorney groups and some of the local political establishment. Becton won by eight points. With variations, Soros-backed candidates share a general platform: establish independent reviews of shootings by police officers, reduce incarcerations for minor crimes through diversion programs, and lower or get rid of cash bail for low-level crimes. The reform movement had other setbacks, with its candidates losing in Jefferson County, Co., last year and in Oregon’s Washington County on May 15. In Oregon, prosecutor Kevin Barton defeated defense attorney Max Wall. Barton had much of the establishment behind him and Wall had big outside funding from a committee run by a Soros consultant. Despite being outspent nearly 2 to 1, Barton won with around 67 percent of the vote.