LA officials warn DA George Gascon after Chesa Boudin recall

Top Los Angeles law enforcement officials have warned District Attorney George Gascon this week that he will be “next” to be thrown out of office following the successful recall effort against San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin.

Boudin, a former public defender in one of America’s most liberal cities, was recalled Tuesday after 60% of the city’s voters objected to his soft-on-crime policies — as lawbreaking runs rampant in the Bay Area city.

Both prior to and shortly after the recall vote, one of Gascon’s own prosecutors and the Los Angeles County sheriff indicated the top prosecutor—one of Boudin’s predecessors as San Francisco DA—would face a similar fate.

“I think tomorrow Boudin is going to be recalled, and what I want to tell everybody and tell [Los Angeles DA] George Gascon is, you’re next,” Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami told Fox News on Monday. “The people of Los Angeles have had enough.”

Chesa Boudin was recalled from his position as San Francisco DA on Tuesday.
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Chesa Boudin is seen campaigning before the fateful vote on June 7.
Boudin is seen campaigning before the fateful vote on June 7.

“There are many individuals that are willing to collaborate with others and come up with some good reforms, but reforms that don’t sacrifice public safety,” Hatami continued. “I think George Gascon has poisoned the well so much.”

Tuesday evening, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva issued a similar warning as he awaited early returns in his race to keep his seat.

“The DA of San Francisco just conceded he has been recalled,” Villanueva said to cheers. “George Gascon, you’re next.”

Protesters hold signs urging voters to oust Boudin on May 26.
Protesters hold signs urging voters to oust Boudin on May 26.

“You don’t get to be sheriff of LA County in supporting a failed district attorney like George Gascon,” the sheriff added.

While the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment, Gascon’s office told Fox News this week that the DA is “focused on doing the important job of improving safety and justice for all in Los Angeles County, not on political diversion.”

Gascon has been heavily criticized over his own kid-gloves crime policies, including an initial ban on charging juveniles as adults and the elimination of cash bail for non-violent felonies.

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LA officials are warning George Gascon (above) that he may be next on the chopping block.
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The LA County Association of Deputy District Attorneys pushed for the Gascon recall effort in February, saying it would “restore public safety as the priority of the District Attorney’s office.”

The DA’s opponents have until July 6 to collect enough signatures in order to put the recall question on the ballot in November’s general election.

As of Monday, the Recall George Gascon campaign had collected 500,000 signatures, according to Fox News, and only needs 67,000 more.

Los Angeles petitioners hawk signs against George Gascon.
Los Angeles petitioners hawk signs against George Gascon.
Desiree Andrade, left, whose son was killed in 2018, speaks out in favor of recalling Gascon in Dec. 2021.
Desiree Andrade (left), whose son was killed in 2018, speaks out in favor of recalling Gascon in December 2021.
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If the campaign succeeds, it would be the second recall challenge Gascon has faced. An earlier attempt failed in September of last year when organizers abandoned the effort after collecting only about 200,000 signatures.

Hatami this week indicated that the recall effort could be impacted by whoever is elected Los Angeles’ new mayor. However, because no candidate in the race garnered 50% of the vote, the mayoral contest will not be decided until November as well.

Billionaire Rick Caruso and Rep. Karen Bass will be facing off in the runoff election after earning 42% and 37% of the vote, respectively.

“George Gascon is not only a narcissist, he refuses to collaborate with anybody, especially with people who disagree with him,” Hatami told Fox News.

“I think a good mayor — somebody who promotes and considers public safety and the unhoused crisis a priority — will really have a major impact on the city and also have a major impact as far as talking to the district attorney and telling him that he needs to hold people accountable for their actions.”


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