Give George Soros his right. He knows how to get political results.
Rather than wasting time and money trying to convince state legislatures and governors to enact laws that decriminalize crime, relax bail requirements and make it harder to send bad guys to jail, Mr. Soros jumps straight to the office that enforces the law – the District Attorney. Political action committees he funds pump money into the campaigns of left-wing candidates who, once elected prosecutors, can by administrative order implement crime-soft crime policies.
District Attorney races are traditionally low-budget affairs, so it doesn’t cost much to influence their outcome. Most large cities and populous counties are reliably democratic, so these offices are often decided in primary elections, which are smaller and less expensive than general elections. It is often enough to shower leftist candidates with hundreds of thousands of dollars to dramatically transform the administration of justice in a jurisdiction of millions of citizens.
Using this model, PACs, funded largely by Mr. Soros, have donated more than $22 million to fund the election of at least 23 prosecutors, according to data collected by the Capital Research Center and the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund became. These prosecutors serve cities or counties with a combined population of 38.4 million Americans. His money has helped put prosecutors in office from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, St. Louis to the Washington suburbs of Virginia, Manhattan to Chicago. Four of the five most populous counties in Texas have prosecutors supporting these Soros-funded PACs.
But action in politics can provoke a reaction. Agitated citizens in affected communities – including some of the country’s most liberal cities – say enough is enough. The election of prosecutors who are opposed to the police and law and order has often led to an increase in violent crime and a growing sense among ordinary citizens that their communities are less safe and the quality of life is deteriorating.
Consider last month’s dismissal of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. The anti-recall effort was indirectly aided by Mr. Soros through a PAC funded by the Smart Justice California Action Fund, to which he provided $3.65 million, according to the Washington Free Beacon. Mr. Boudin was ousted with 60% of the vote by San Franciscans fed up with feces and needles on their streets, a rising tide of hate crimes against Asian Americans, and frequent brazen thefts from pharmacies to luxury stores. Now California has yet another recall going on for Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, who got off to a bad start when he issued a policy never to seek the death penalty or try a minor as an adult, no matter how heinous the crime.
There is also a new national organization trying to counter the Soros strategy. The Protecting Americans Action Fund is organized by Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, a former Republican prosecutor, and is led by an impressive board of three attorney generals, two district attorneys and two former US attorneys. The fund will help law and order prosecutors get into and stay in office in key counties.
PAAF supports Cyndi Carrasco’s bid to serve as the prosecutor of Marion County, Indiana, which includes Indianapolis. The daughter of legal immigrants from Mexico, she served as inspector general before becoming assistant legal counsel and ethics counsel to Governor Eric Holcomb. Her opponent, incumbent Democrat Ryan Mears, refuses to prosecute certain drug crimes, will not press charges against minors charged with nonviolent crimes and ushered in two record years of murders in 2020 and 2021.
PAAF will play defense in Tarrant County, Texas, home of Fort Worth and Arlington, where the acting GOP district attorney is retiring. Republicans nominated Phil Sorrells, a criminal judge and former prosecutor. He meets Democrat Tiffany Brooks, who surprisingly defeated a Soros-backed candidate, Albert Roberts, in her primary. Mr. Roberts received nearly $700,000 from Mr. Soros through the Texas Justice and Public Safety PAC, but only spent about $34,000 of that to administer the rest for the fall election, which he won’t be voting in . It will be interesting to see if the unspent portion of this donation goes to Ms. Brooks.
If PAAF puts more law-and-order prosecutors in office, it can also achieve something bigger. As Democrats see the PAAF’s victories, some of them may recognize that their party’s anti-police, pro-crime stance is a political problem.
Take last November’s election of Ann Davison as Seattle’s attorney general — the first Republican to be elected citywide in 30 years. Times change when the Democrats lose the Emerald City. Who knew George Soros would help spur a conservative renaissance in one of America’s bluest cities?
Mr. Rove helped organize the American Crossroads political action committee and is the author of The Triumph of William McKinley (Simon & Schuster, 2015).
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