Following the news that the recall attempt failed to gather enough signatures for a second time to oust District Attorney George Gascon, Los Angeles Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez issued the following statement:
“Failed. That’s the reminder proponents and financial backers of the second attempt to oust District Attorney George Gascon will be reminded of every day. DA Gascon was elected running on overwhelmingly popular policies that allow for restorative justice, improving a failed criminal justice system that disproportionally targets Black, Brown and low-income communities, and holds criminals and those who abuse their power accountable. George has, and continues to, deliver on those campaign promises.
While it’s no secret that there is discontent with elected officials and the voters they serve across LA County, we also know that misinformation and fear-tactics fuel mistrust and anger in our institutions. The numbers don’t lie, and 195,783 invalid signatures is a clear signal that recalls are a waste of time and money. I’ve said it before - recall reform in our county and our state must be a priority. If not, taxpayers will be on the hook every time a recall is attempted and fails. Let this be a lesson to those who want to continue down this path - don’t.”