Friday, October 21, 2016 – 11:44 a.m.
Well, if you are running for re-election in a conservative Republican district, then a headline and story like this is prrroooobably something you are not going to want to see dropped on you right as voters get their absentee ballots.
In what was one of the most devastating articles I have ever read published during a local campaign, this will probably go down as the beginning of the end of Supervisor “Do-Nothing” Bob Lovingood’s campaign.
On the front page you get a devastating headline and the first two paragraphs are all bad for the incumbent.
He and the county responded atrociously to this story.
First, it took them three days to get their story straight and message out to the residents of the Victor Valley.
Second, the county basically said we don’t care if Syrian refugees are being dumped in our county.
Third, even if we did care, which we don’t, there is nothing we can do about it.
Fourth, they lied about the federal law saying local governments must be notified; or
Fifth, if they didn’t lie, county counsel gave them horrifically bad analysis of the federal law
Sixth, and the coup de grâce, Lovingood is quoted saying “the position I hold is just to serve the constituents.”
About Those Constituents, Bob
Let’s take a look at the First District
Republicans outnumber Democrats by a little more than 5,000 voters according to the June Primary Statement of Votes, or 57,800 to 52,742. In the primary, 29,886 Republicans cast ballots versus 24,792 Democrats, or roughly a 5,000 voter edge.
In this election, Donald Trump received 23,751 votes.
Do you know how many votes the entire GOP field received in the 2012 primary?
That’s right. Donald Trump received more votes this year than the entire GOP field last year. Republican voters are very excited about voting in this year’s election.
I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that those voters aren’t big fans of Syrian refugees. Nor are they going to take too kindly to Supervisor Lovingood suggesting that the feds aren’t required to notify local governments.
Democrats Oppose Syrian Refugees
On top of that, Syrian refugees isn’t a partisan issue. Republican AND Democrat voters oppose Syrian refugee settlement efforts.
But, when they asked: “Hillary Clinton’s supporters at the Refugee Council want to increase the number of refugees coming into the United States in 2017 even more, to 200,000, and Hillary wants to increase the number of Syrian refugees in that total from 10,000 in 2016 to 65,000 in 2017. Do you approve or disapprove of this increase?” — sixty-two percent were opposed and only 26 percent supported Clinton’s position, he said.
County Incorrect About Federal Law
In the news article, the county argued that there is no federal law requiring the federal government to consult with local authorities. Well, let’s clear that up right now. Here is a link to the United States Code of Laws via Cornell University. It reads very clearly:
8 U.S. Code § 1522 – Authorization for programs for domestic resettlement of and assistance to refugees
(a) Conditions and considerations
(2) (A) The Director and the Federal agency administering subsection (b)(1) shall consult regularly (not less often than quarterly) with State and local governments and private nonprofit voluntary agencies concerning the sponsorship process and the intended distribution of refugees among the States and localities before their placement in those States and localities (emphasis mine).