Monday, July 2, 2012 – 07:30 p.m.
One has to hand it to California Governor Jerry Brown.
A man who knows no bounds in his political quests to get what he wants.
First, it was grand standing by way of filing bogus lawsuits and criminal cases as the state’s attorney general in order to attract positive press in his campaign for Governor.
Now its using his office to manipulate the chances of his tax initiative passing in November.
First, Brown and his wife Anne Gust Brown, try to strong-arm millionaire lawyer Molly Munger into withdrawing her education tax ballot measure.
That move didn’t work. Munger politely showed both the door.
Now there are three tax increase measures on the ballot at the same time.
This translates into a major problem for Brown.
Next, Brown gets democratic leaders in the legislature to, through a questionable process, pass a so-called “budget” bill that would help his tax proposition land at the top of the proposition section of the ballot.
Now it’s learned that Brown telephoned the registrar of voters in Alameda, Colusa and Los Angeles counties in order to, as Brown says, “check-in” to see how the signature verification process was progressing.
Then mysteriously Munger’s measure, which was turned in before Brown’s, went on the back burner and Brown’s was expedited.
The Colusa County registrar had the honesty to admit as much.
Brown’s measure was ultimately qualified first and Munger’s later.
California propositions are placed on the ballot in order of date qualified.
Signatures for a third tax proposition were also turned in ahead of Brown’s. But it didn’t make it ahead of Brown’s either.
You see if Brown’s was the third tax measure down it’s likely voters would reject it outright.
So now we have possible illegal manipulation and inside dealing.
Fortunately, Munger, who is spending whatever it takes, filed a lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court alleging election misconduct.
The assigned judge has blocked the numbering process and is looking into the uneven playing field created by the Governor’s shady tactics.
The hearing is scheduled for July 9.