The California Professional Firefighters on Friday endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor, praising Newsom’s support for firefighters while he served as mayor of San Francisco.
The union, which represents 30,000 first responders in California, also took a subtle shot at one of Newsom’s Democratic rivals in the governor’s race, Antonio Villaraigosa. While Villaraigosa served as mayor of Los Angeles, the city fire department underwent a period of steep budget cuts and staff reductions as the city struggled financially during the recession, drawing criticism from the city’s firefighters union.
“At a time when California faces a grave and growing threat from fire and other natural disaster, it’s essential that the next governor offer more than lip service to public safety,” Lou Paulson, president of California Professional Firefighters, said in a statement released Friday. “Throughout his public life, Gavin Newsom has built a record of standing up for public safety and the men and women on the front lines, even in tough times. He has earned our endorsement.”
Garcetti calls on Democrats to unite, saying Republicans, internet trolls & Vladimir Putin want them to be divided. Gives a thumbs up hen someone shouted “Eric Garcetti for president” pic.twitter.com/T8yfrXjiLZ
Does this logo look familiar? Supporters of Kimberly Ellis wore sinmilar shirts during the contentious race for @CA_Dem chair last year. This year, a group of activists aligned with Ellis' vision is pushing for changes to the state party's rules pic.twitter.com/nNNwFq8R7h
Two rules change proposals they're speaking on today are 1) to make the members of the party's compliance review commission, which examined the Ellis/Bauman votes, elected instead of appointed 2) to ban party executives from making money from lobbyists/campaigns/PACs pic.twitter.com/sWWFcSN2Jl
Fliers they're passing out urge party officials to "make the Democratic Party democratic." Another proposal they've floated: ending the consent calendar system for party endorsements. More on that from @jpanzar: https://t.co/nK0wA7aU1F
Former Trump campaign aide Richard W. Gates III is expected to plead guilty today to conspiracy and lying about a 2013 Ukraine-related meeting between his former business partner Paul Manafort, a lobbyist and California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa).
The meeting became public in the summer when Manafort belatedly filed a disclosure form for his work as a foreign agent on behalf of Ukraine. Rohrabacher at the time called it a “nice little dinner” and said that Russia and the Baltic states probably came up, but it wasn't the focus of their conversation.
Three days after the dinner, Manafort contributed $1,000 to Rohrabacher's reelection campaign. Gates was Manafort's deputy on the campaign and continued to serve as a senior advisor through Trump's inauguration. He is expected to testify against Manafort if his case goes to trial.
Thousands of California Democrats are gathering in San Diego today for their annual convention, where potential presidential contenders will make appearances and state candidates will battle for endorsements from the party faithful in advance of the June primary.