Gavin Newsom Calls Kern ‘Murder Capital of California’ as Crime Prepares to Impact 2022 Election

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Asked Friday about his pledge to allow citizens to sue for illegal assault weapons and phantom weapons, Gov. Gavin Newsom cited Kern County as an example of what needs to change.

“It’s interesting, the tragically murderous capital of California is Kern County,” Gov. Newsom said. “It’s not a red or blue problem.”

At a press conference announcing a $ 320 million plan to fight crime in California, Gov. Newsom insisted his reference to Kern County had no political motive. Kern’s district attorney disagreed.

“Of course why is he going to call LA, his pal George Gascón is the district attorney there,” Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said. “I don’t think he wanted to talk about his failures, but to attack the county which voted to recall him 60%.”

Regardless, with rising crime rates statewide and the recent boom in armed robberies, public safety looks set to become a dominant issue and political football in the electoral cycle. 2022. And it seems to have already started.

“The governor, although he wants to make the political headlines, he needs to look in the mirror and see why public safety concerns are increasing,” said Vince Fong, member of the Bakersfield Republican Assembly. “It’s the fact that he signed bills into law [and] Sacramento Democrats passed some really bad laws that took away any form of liability when someone commits a crime. “

Assembly member Fong said Democrats’ policies laid the groundwork for soaring crime. He is specifically speaking out for another look at Assembly Bill 109, a measure passed a decade ago that allows those convicted of less serious crimes to serve time in a local county jail rather than in a state prison.

Zimmer shared a view similar to Fong’s, highlighting the disconnect between a Democratic governor and local officials in conservative and repressive counties.

“We need to be able to send repeat thieves to jail,” Zimmer said. “The current book penalties that the Liberals amended in 2001 banning what they call non-violent crimes from going to jail dramatically increase the crime rate. “

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