Newsom selects progressive assemblyman for California attorney general

March 25, 2021

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

California Gov. Gavin Newsom selected Assemblyman Rob Bonta, a progressive Democrat, to be the state’s next attorney general.

Bonta, who represents Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro in the state Assembly, is set to become California’s first Filipino attorney general. If confirmed by the Assembly and Senate, Bonta will replace Xavier Becerra, who was recently sworn in as President Joe Biden’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

First elected to the Assembly in 2012, Bonta has introduced numerous bills, some of which have become law. Bonta has led first-in-the-nation efforts to eliminate cash bail, ban for-profit prisons, protect renters from wrongful evictions and strengthen hate crime laws, Newsom’s office stated in a news release.

In addition to authoring legislation that banned for-profit prisons and immigrant detention centers, Bonta wrote a state law that automatically expunges and modifies criminal records of people convicted of minor marijuana offenses. He also penned legislation requiring immigrants to be informed of their rights before speaking to ICE agents and co-authored a law requiring an independent investigation any time law enforcement is involved in the death of an unarmed civilian.

Bonta also introduced and later rescinded a controversial bill that would have made it easier for members of the Communist Party and their sympathizers to work for government agencies in California. Though the bill was advancing through the Democrat-controlled Legislature, it was causing uproar in California’s sizable Vietnamese-American community.

In a statement, Newsom said Bonta represents Californians’ desire to reverse systemic injustices.

“Rob represents what makes California great — our desire to take on righteous fights and reverse systemic injustices,” Newsom said. “Growing up with parents steeped in social justice movements, Rob has become a national leader in the fight to repair our justice system and defend the rights of every Californian. And most importantly, at this moment when so many communities are under attack for who they are and who they love, Rob has fought to strengthen hate crime laws and protect or communities from the forces of hate.”

Bonta released a statement thanking Newsom for selecting him and promising to enable Californians who have been wronged to find justice.

“I became a lawyer because I saw the law as the best way to make a positive difference for the most people, and it would be an honor of a lifetime to serve as the attorney for the people of this great state,” Bonta said. “As California’s attorney general, I will work tirelessly every day to ensure that every Californian who has been wronged can find justice and that every person is treated fairly under the law.”


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shelworth

Newsom: “Quick, find me an Asian to promote, Philippines? Close enough!”


commonsenseguy

Just what was expected. A Socialist who is bigoted, a racist, and filled with hate for a certain group of people. Don’t believe me, research him, his words actions and legislation he supports. This is a sick individual.


RalphKane

“Progressive” is too softball a term…just be honest and call him a commie, CCN.


blackjack

He looks trustworthy…….. just like Tammy Faye’s old man


commonsenseguy

Where’s Gerald Butler when you need him?


kevin rise

Oh no, Gavin Newsome. We hate him because he dated Don Trump Jrs wife and went to eat out even though Mcarthy had a wedding in Cayucos and ol Adam’s family ted went to Cancoon. And hes a socialist communist* stop the steal* it’s a rigged election, were turning into Venezuela, the sky is falling, um full of hate and racism I hate Gavin. Let’s go storm Sacramento and beat the crap out of police because Gavin is there, maybe we can chant about killing him like the Capitol Terrorist Attack; not. All while Backing The Blue, more like hit you from Behind, Hit the blue from the back* the sky is falling*


horse_soldier

It’s Newsom, and he was married to Guilfoyle for 3 years…but what the heck…

since when do we care about details when you can just blast us with crap?


derasmus

Hey Kevin, gets your facts straight. Newsom cheated on her, Kimberly Guilfoyle) with a campaign staffer. So she left.


Cmonnow

Same old thing…the classic empty response by people who refuse to actually look into and research people of their political party. Sorry mate, this guy is a classic do as I say not as I do politician. A life for others that he wants no part of… All for votes to keep climbing the cushy political ladder. In some ways the sky is actually falling in Calif. Careful what you wish for… When the extreme progressives chase all the common sense folks out of Calif someone will have to stay behind and deal w the daily increasing disaster. Bon apetite


copperhead

Sounds like he has single handed lay done more for criminals than any past AG. Lovely


JThomas

Now who ever thought he would do something like that? When does the recall take place?


Side_Show_Bob

Nothing to see here…


…just more Identity Politics. Anything to further bring this state to it’s knees and hand it to people that don’t want to work.


kevin rise

And Trumps platform wasnt identity politics, LOL. What, do you hate Asians? Do you not believe in statistics of Violence in the Usa?


commonsenseguy

I agree. The implosion of this state and nation is in full throttle to destruction.