CA Dems block expulsion of legislator convicted of 8 felonies

posted at 10:41 am on February 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That adage has more application than usual in California, where Democrats hold all of the statewide offices and supermajorities in the legislature. They can enact any policies they want, with only the judicial branch offering belated checks on their power. And when I say belated, that’s literally the case with state Senator Rod Wright, whom a jury found guilty in January of committing eight felonies regarding his residency and eligibility for the office he held.

Normally, politicians who get that kind of a verdict have the decency to resign. If not, the body in which they serve would almost assuredly eject them — but not California Democrats:

Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a move to expel their Democratic colleague Sen. Rod Wright by sending a Republican proposal to the Rules Committee, where it could permanently stall.

Sen. Steve Knight, a Republican from Palmdale, introduced a resolution to expel Wright from the Senate because a jury found him guilty of eight felonies last month for lying about living in the district he represents.

“This will be precedent-setting,” Knight said as debate on his measure was being quashed on a 21-13, mostly party-line vote.

Democrats insist that Wright does not need to resign until after sentencing, because the judge could overturn the verdict. That’s a possibility, but it’s rare. Judges almost always abide by the verdicts of juries in criminal cases, especially because they have the opportunity themselves to dismiss charges if they determine that the state has not met its burden of substantiating the charges for a jury to find a defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

In the past, a jury verdict of corruption has been enough to press for resignations from the California legislature. Democrats insisted yesterday that a resignation wasn’t necessary because Wright has been stripped of his committee assignments, and — I’m not making this up — he’s on paid leave, and apparently only since Tuesday. Democrats want taxpayers to pay his salary after a jury convicted him of corruption in the office he now refuses to leave.

Is this for some arching principle of justice? Er, not exactly. Democrats hold their supermajority in the Senate by only two seats, and another Democrat just got indicted on twenty-four counts of corruption. Setting this precedent would force Democrats to push both out of office — and that would also force them to work with Republicans on policy. Quelle horreur!

Oh, and Jesus would have kept the corrupt and powerful in government too, claims Senate Majority Leader Darrell Steinberg:

Steinberg said that several Republican senators face allegations that they do not live in the districts they represent. He looked toward Senate Republicans as he quoted a passage from the New Testament in which Jesus says, “Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone.”

There simply are no words.


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Criminal ‘JAIL-birds of a feather flock together’….

easyt65 on February 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Obama has set the precedent now that NO ONE (at least within the Democratic Party) will be held accountable…

easyt65 on February 28, 2014 at 10:43 AM

And we get another example of the moral and ethical values of CA Democrats Progressive-fascists…

Athos on February 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM

A criminal organization tends to operate more out of loyalty to fellow criminals within the organization then to those outside the organization.

NotCoach on February 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Wow…..just wow

If a gop state legislature did this part 1,432

cmsinaz on February 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Take heart. Eventually the GOP will be so irrelevant that the Democrats will inevitably break up into two competing parties. Probably a splinter eco-party, they’re never satisfied no matter what they get.

Fenris on February 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I guess you two can be a feline and run for government positions.

Why is this even possible?

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Another crime; another resume enhancement for a demorat.

SteveInRTP on February 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Rule number 5:

“Whatever it takes”

BobMbx on February 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

CA Dems block expulsion of legislator convicted of 8 felonies

Oooh! Most Democratic legislators I know only have one felony conviction!

When you have someone with that kind of talent, you don’t sacrifice them lightly.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Only 8? That’s normal for a Dem.

Oil Can on February 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Circle the wagons

cmsinaz on February 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

There simply are no words.

Oh! There are words. Just not family-friendly words.

That being said, Dems really hit a low point when quoting Christ to protect a felon from the consequences of his actions. Dems don’t even like God, they booted Him out of their convention.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Rod Wright actually isn’t all bad. He’s good on gun rights. Voted against the ban on semi-automatics last year. He still needs to go though.

Mark1971 on February 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Rod Wright actually isn’t all bad. He’s good on gun rights. Voted against the ban on semi-automatics last year. He still needs to go though.

Mark1971 on February 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

What does it say about legislators in general that someone can say a guy with 8 felonies “isn’t all that bad” with a straight face?

Fenris on February 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM

It really doesn’t matter.

As a former Californian, I can tell you that the state has gone totally over to the Dark Side and it isn’t coming back.

trigon on February 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Felonies are badges of honor for the rats.

The ones who vote for them are all latrine-dwellers and consumers.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

another Democrat just got indicted on twenty-four counts of corruption

And his brother, a former legislator, got indicted too. The great Calderon family of Southern California.

Mark1971 on February 28, 2014 at 10:54 AM

If they’re not felons they are dumber than rock, but don’t blame them; blame the imbecilic voters who bring them.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Steinberg said that several Republican senators face allegations that they do not live in the districts they represent. He looked toward Senate Republicans as he quoted a passage from the New Testament in which Jesus says, “Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone.”

There simply are no words.

In my experience, most of the time when people start accusing others of hypocrisy, it’s just to distract from what they’re known to be guilty of.

That is, the accusations of hypocrisy are usually hypocritical.

That’s certainly the case here. They’re even quoting Jesus to cover up their own sin.

If Republicans are also guilty, then bring the charges and prove it. I have no problem with a corrupt Republican losing his office. But apparently, they can’t stand to see a corrupt Democrat lose his.

So who exactly is the hypocrite?

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Rod Wright actually isn’t all bad. He’s good on gun rights. Voted against the ban on semi-automatics last year. He still needs to go though.

Mark1971 on February 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Rod Wright is a felon. That’s really all that matters here. I’ve got to wonder how much his particular pigmentation and the fact he represents Compton and surrounding areas comes into play in this push to keep him in office despite being a despicable criminal. Not that I’d want to live in Compton either.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM

There simply are no words.

Or photos for that matter. ; ) Granted its a tough one.

Bmore on February 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

As a former Californian, I can tell you that the state has gone totally over to the Dark Side and it isn’t coming back.

trigon on February 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

It’s going to be a separate country one day.

Oil Can on February 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

He looked toward Senate Republicans as he quoted a passage from the New Testament in which Jesus says, “Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone.”

Steinberg should quote the rest of that verse…

iamsaved on February 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Oil Can on February 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I have no idea what I did.

Oil Can on February 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I have no idea what I did.

Oil Can on February 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Lolz! Strike button maybe? ; )

Bmore on February 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I guess you two can be a feline and run for government positions.

Why is this even possible?

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I think you mean, “a felon.” But it’s probably true for a feline too, as long as there’s a (D) by the name.

At least felines would only be convicted of misdemeanors.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Ah democrats. Never change. Keep protecting criminals and making criminals out of the innocent.

bossmanham on February 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

TYPICAL!!!!!!

canopfor on February 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Where’s that “unforced” error writer now..?

d1carter on February 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Unexpectedly

workingclass artist on February 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The mask of the Fascist-Democrat party not only has slipped and fallen off, it’s been blown away by the wind. And they don’t care anymore.

rbj on February 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The Democrat party in America is now so corrupt, and bereft of
basic human Decency, that Charles Manson could run as a Dem in
CA and he would have the backing of the Party…….

ToddPA on February 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Interesting select Ed. ; )

Bmore on February 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I think you mean, “a felon.” But it’s probably true for a feline too, as long as there’s a (D) by the name.

At least felines would only be convicted of misdemeanors.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

I did and thanks. Kindle auto correct sucketh so.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Speaking of Democrats:

Charles Moreau
1h
Corrupt former Rhode Island mayor Charles Moreau freed early from prison after 1 year – @AP
read more on boston.com

canopfor on February 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Democrats insisted yesterday that a resignation wasn’t necessary because Wright has been stripped of his committee assignments, and — I’m not making this up — he’s on paid leave, and apparently only since Tuesday. Democrats want taxpayers to pay his salary after a jury convicted him of corruption in the office he now refuses to leave.
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Ed Morrissey on February 28, 2014 at 10:41 PM

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Sounds like a normal day in California politics, to me.
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What’s up next ?

listens2glenn on February 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

I think you mean, “a felon.” But it’s probably true for a feline too, as long as there’s a (D) by the name.

At least felines would only be convicted of misdemeanors.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

I did and thanks. Kindle auto correct sucketh so.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I figured it was either speech mis-recognition or auto-defect.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Democrats insisted yesterday that a resignation wasn’t necessary because Wright has been stripped of his committee assignments, and — I’m not making this up — he’s on paid leave, and apparently only since Tuesday. Democrats want taxpayers to pay his salary after a jury convicted him of corruption in the office he now refuses to leave.
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Ed Morrissey on February 28, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Just another brick in the wall.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Steinberg should quote the rest of that verse…

iamsaved on February 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

You mean the part where Christ says- “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Seems to me that Steinberg is wrong in suggesting that Christ would support keeping a felon in office for partisan reasons. BTW, what is a Jew doing quoting the New Testament in the first place?

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM

It will be interesting to see how the judge proceeds with sentencing. You can bet there is some backdoor pressure of persuasion going on.

To think this found guilty creep is going to get paid until mid May is disgusting and a crime in itself to the taxpayers.

plutorocks on February 28, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Wow. Big deal. Only 8 felonies? Obama commits felonies everyday. He can say and do what he wants

Brock Robamney on February 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

It really doesn’t matter.

As a former Californian, I can tell you that the state has gone totally over to the Dark Side and it isn’t coming back.

trigon on February 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I can second that — and, unfortunately, I’m pretty sure the same is true for the U.S.A. alas …

ShainS on February 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Wow. Big deal. Only 8 felonies? Obama commits felonies everyday. He can say and do what he wants

Brock Robamney on February 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Felonies are nothing to Pharaoh Obama, he commits the HIGHEST CRIME in our law virtually every time he opens his mouth these days, a crime so egregious it’s the only one expressly MENTIONED in the Constitution: TREASON.

I suspect if keeping the Californica democrat supermajority is at stake, Obama will issue a pardon OR Holder will declare the Judge and Jury RAAAACIST!!! or something.

ConstantineXI on February 28, 2014 at 11:27 AM

A California Democrat is crooked and amoral? Knock me over with a feather.

NOMOBO on February 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

I see a business opportunity here. “First Conviction” greeting cards for Dem politicians. Because your first time should be special. ;0

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

A California Democrat is crooked and amoral? Knock me over with a feather.

NOMOBO on February 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

It’s California so just make sure that feather was shed by a free-range goose.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2014 at 11:31 AM

I guess you two can be a feline and run for government positions.
Why is this even possible?
upinak on February 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Upinak, that’s hilarious right there! Your phone butchered you! And who are those two cats, anyway? (Said in my Sammy Davis voice)

Cliff by the Ford on February 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

ShainS on February 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Forget Detroit.

Forget Chicago.

Forget Illinois.

Forget New York.

California is the canary in the coal mine for the US when it comes to the effects of progressive leadership and control.

Prior to Governor Moonbeam’s first run for Governor, California was in the Top 5 nationally for education, for economic power and growth, for pro-business policies, for infrastructure, for employment. Today, it’s in the Bottom 5 nationally in those categories. It’s been the worst state for business for over a decade. It’s among the worst for NOT leveraging its natural resources.

Athos on February 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

See what unchecked illegal immigration can do for your state too! Click to find out more! Sponsored by John Boehner and friends.

Cliff by the Ford on February 28, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The entire thread’s a hoot but that’s the winner so far IMO.

Cleombrotus on February 28, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Upinak, that’s hilarious right there! Your phone butchered you! And who are those two cats, anyway? (Said in my Sammy Davis voice)

Cliff by the Ford on February 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Yes, it sure did. The two cats are the Wright and Reid.

Need more coffee.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The entire thread’s a hoot but that’s the winner so far IMO.

Cleombrotus on February 28, 2014 at 11:36 AM

True. The marketing of the cards might be tricky, though. Since you can’t “name that party.”

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM

California is the canary in the coal mine for the US when it comes to the effects of progressive leadership and control.

Prior to Governor Moonbeam’s first run for Governor, California was in the Top 5 nationally for education, for economic power and growth, for pro-business policies, for infrastructure, for employment. Today, it’s in the Bottom 5 nationally in those categories. It’s been the worst state for business for over a decade. It’s among the worst for NOT leveraging its natural resources.

Athos on February 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

California is about 10 years “Foreward.” of the rest of the country. Large cities like the ones you named are pockets of California in other parts of the country. Every state that is DOMINATED by a large city is run as a tyranny OF that city over the rest of the population (see Illinois, New York, etc). The only states that are healthy are those that lack extremely large cities.

ConstantineXI on February 28, 2014 at 11:41 AM

It’s time for city states. Wall them off. I’ll buck up for construction costs. They want a feudal system, amiright?

Cliff by the Ford on February 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Faith and Begorrah,may the wee people crawl into your skivvies.

celtic warrior on February 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Faith and Begorrah,may the wee people crawl into your skivvies.
celtic warrior on February 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM

And bring with them large with large wire brushes and a bit o’salt.

Cliff by the Ford on February 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

My phone got me too!

Cliff by the Ford on February 28, 2014 at 11:54 AM

ROFL

This stuff has gone beyond parody, especially the “casting the first stone” line…oh man, oooohhhh maaaaaannn.

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Democrats want taxpayers to pay his salary after a jury convicted him of corruption in the office he now refuses to leave.

Well, technically, I think he was convicted for corruption getting to the office he now refuses to leave. But, it’s close enough for government work.

At least felines would only be convicted of misdemeanors.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Well, we have had a lot of corrupt Democrats catting around lately………

GWB on February 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Corrupt former Rhode Island mayor Charles Moreau freed early from prison after 1 year – @AP
read more on boston.com

canopfor on February 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Let me guess – he’s already announced that he’s running for re-election….

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM

And Jesus took a whip to some guys azzes, and he was without sin.

Cliff by the Ford on February 28, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Any trolls defend the crook, yet?

Anyone compared them to slavery?

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Any trolls defend the crook, yet?
Anyone compared them to slavery?
Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

They are obviously victims of racial microaggressions that are endemic throughout our patriarchal, heteronormative, rich white cracker system. They want us All Back in chainzz-a. How did I do?

Cliff by the Ford on February 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

As a lifelong Californian of 47 years, the only honest response to this move by the California Senate is:

Forget it Jake. It’s Chinatown.

juanito on February 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

They are obviously victims of racial microaggressions that are endemic throughout our patriarchal, heteronormative, rich white cracker system. They want us All Back in chainzz-a. How did I do?

Cliff by the Ford on February 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Cheesewiz. You forgot it.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Cheesewiz. You forgot it.
upinak on February 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I tought youse sed wit’out. Guido! Get da man a noo sandwich!

Cliff by the Ford on February 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM

In the Republican party you will find principled people at the local levels. It is only at the national levels that you will find McConnells and Boehners. In the Democrat party you find thugs at both the local and national levels. It is systemic, it is dangerous, it is frightening. These people are uber far left. I will paint with a broad brush until the Dems prove otherwise.

neyney on February 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Randy Cunningham was unavailable for comment.

TimBuk3 on February 28, 2014 at 12:39 PM

“Mostly party line vote” = All votes to keep him were from the D side but by saying it this way we can infer that some R’s also voted that way – without having to explain.

Hucklebuck on February 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

They had to keep the immigrant. Half the Ca ledge is in the same boat. It would be a ‘bad’ precedent.

vnvet on February 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

debate on his measure was being quashed on a 21-13, mostly party-line vote.

He looked toward Senate Republicans as he quoted a passage from the New Testament in which Jesus says, “Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone.”

I’m sure all of these California Democrats would have opposed efforts to impeach Richard Nixon in 1974, right? Right??

2YEP598 on February 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM

He looked toward Senate Republicans as he quoted a passage from the New Testament in which Jesus says, “Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone.”

Too bad someone didn’t hurl a brick at this jerk and shout “I’ve never been convicted of 8 felonies!”

Spectreman on February 28, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Typical democrat using the Jesus card. Hey fool, Jesus also said: Go and sin no more….something that immoral, baby killing, lying democrats don’t understand.

crosshugger on February 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

They should all resign.
There are quite a few lamp-posts in Sacramento missing their decorations –
at least 40, some would say 120!

Another Drew on February 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM

What else do you expect from the democrats? This is their bread and butter and they’re circling the wagons to keep him there.

onesheep on February 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

The “Blue Code” is alive and well in politics; the promises evaporate when they get in office. Sandy Berger caught with secret documents stuffed in his sox, where is he? He’s in DC working a government job. How about the NY Congressman that’s still in office. When we lie it’s a crime when the politicians lie it’s politics.

mixplix on March 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM