Yesterday,Â Newsom For California Campaign Manager Nick Clemons slammed Attorney General Jerry Brown for his appearanceÂ last ThursdayÂ as a guest of honor at a fundraising event for the right-wing Republican San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos. The event raised nearly $100,000 for this former appointee of George W. Bush and former Campaign Chairman for Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Newsom Campaign has launched an online petition campaign to protest Brown’s actions in addition to their statement.
In his email statement Clemons said:
In his introductory remarks for Ramos, Brown called the Republican incumbent, â€œa real fighter.â€ But exactly whom has Ramos been fighting for?
Well, in 2006 Ramos served as Chairman of Governor Schwarzeneggerâ€™s re-election campaign. And Ramos served on the National Hispanic Steering Committee to Re-Elect President George W. Bush in 2004.
At a time when the state Republican Party refused to help solve the crisis that pushed California to the brink of collapse and forced draconian cuts in higher education, health care and vital services, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor is headlining a fundraiser for one of Californiaâ€™s Republican politicians?
I have to wonder what exactly Jerry Brown is thinking. He recently launched his “exploratory” committee for his run for Governor. Having been an all but announced candidate for Governor for more than aÂ year, this move is sure to not play very well with the Democratic Party base, from whom he needs to win the nomination should he “decide” to actually run for Governor.
As Sam Clauder, a San Bernardino County Democratic Party activist, said in an email yesterday:
We Democrats in San Bernardino County have busted our ass to turn this county blue, and to keep this county blue.
We hosted a celebration of turning the county blue last October, featuring Ed Asner, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, California Democratic Party Chair Art Torres, and Los Angeles Democratic Party Chair Eric Bauman, and became a national news story as the most prominent county in the nation to turn blue.
We are the ones who first busted the Republican Voter Registration Fraud of Young Political Majors which resulted in the arrest of Mark Jacoby in Ontario for four felonies, and became a national news story.
We are the ones who promoted the ‘Obama Bucks’ story last September from a confidential joke memo among the members of a Republican women’s club in Rancho Cucamonga to a major international news story.
Politics is war, and our enemies in San Bernardino County are clearly the corrupt, conservative Republicans whom we have been so successful fighting and beating for the past two years.
Last Thursday night, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Jerry Brown came to San Bernardino County and raised $100,000 for corrupt, conservative Republican District Attorney Mike Ramos.
This $100K can now be used by Ramos — who already had $350K in his war chest — to give to any other Republican candidate and/or the San Bernardino County Republican Party to use against us to beat our Democratic candidates and to rebuild the San Bernardino County Republican Party.
Jerry Brown has never come to San Bernardino County to campaign or raise money for Democrats!
Politics is war, and Jerry Brown gave aid and comfort to our enemies by raising $100,000 for the San Bernardino County Republican Party last Thursday night.
This act of Jerry Brown’s is treason! Treason against Democrats in San Bernardino County and throughout California! Treason to Democrats everywhere!
For four decades now, we Democrats have been living by a common set of rules, and Jerry Brown has been living by a different set of rules.
I can certainly understand why Sam and other Democrats in San Bernardino are upset. To put this into context, how would Orange County Democrats react if Jerry Brown were to come to Orange County to raise money for AssemblymanVan Tran?