Republican gubernatorial candidate
"I believe in women, I don't believe in early release for criminals who prey on women," Donnelly says in the two-and-a-half-minute video.
Jennifer Kerns, Donnelly's newly named campaign manager, raises as evidence the case of a paroled sex offender accused of killing the Stockton woman -- his grandmother.
"Gov. Brown's early release of 10,000 felons?" Kerns says. "That's criminal."
Donnelly's campaign is targeting realignment, a policy created by Brown and state lawmakers to reduce the prison population by keeping some nonviolent offenders in local jails rather than sending them to state prisons.
Inmates were not released early from state prisons under realignment. But local law enforcement officials have complained that the policy has forced them to release some parole violators from jail early because their lockups are also overcrowded.
The man in question, Jerome DeAvila, was repeatedly freed from the San Joaquin County jail after arrests for parole violations and other alleged offenses. He was arrested again in February, days after his most recent release from jail, and is facing charges of murder, rape, robbery, resisting arrest and violating parole.
The video highlights Kerns' promotion, and features footage of her running with a dog, shooting gourds in the desert and smoking a cigar.
"Helping Tim Donnelly become the next governor of California -- it's freaking awesome," she says.
Donnelly, a state assemblyman, is a social and fiscal conservative who has struggled to raise money but is creating excitement in
Brown's political spokesman, Dan Newman, was rendered uncharacteristically speechless by the video, which also features images of Pearl Harbor and inexplicably cites Chappaquiddick, an island off Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where a female passenger of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy was killed after he drove his car off a bridge in 1969.
"I'm rarely at a loss for words, or willing to pass on an opportunity to criticize an opponent, but … um … wow," Newman wrote in an email.