Thankfully, there still seems to be some small pockets of sanity in the California State government. You have to look with a microscope to find them sometimes, but it appears that the State Supreme Court has not been completely lost to left-wing activism. On Thursday, that court struck down a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that would have required 2020 presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to get on the state’s primary ballot. Seeing the law for what it was – an explicit attempt to “get” President Donald Trump – the court correctly threw this asinine legislation out the window.
From the Sacramento Bee:
The court ruled the added requirement for tax returns “is in conflict with the (state) constitution’s specification of an inclusive open presidential primary ballot.”
“This is a tremendous and convincing victory that defends the First Amendment and the right of people to associate and choose their own candidates for office,” Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president, said in a statement. “…This should put the matter to rest for good.”
Under California’s constitution, the state must administer an “open presidential primary whereby the candidates on the ballot are those found by the secretary of state to be recognized candidates throughout the nation or throughout California.”
Republicans arguing against California’s law claimed it would force “recognized candidates” off the ballot and discourage potential candidates from running for office, thus defying the constitution’s mandate for an “open” primary.
Clearly, the governor’s office didn’t quite get the message.
“Gov. Newsom will continue to fight against the self-dealing, conflicts of interest and blatant corruption that have pervaded the Trump presidency,” a spokesman said.
Well, you have fun with that, Governor. But as your Supreme Court ruled this week, you’ll have to do it within the confines of the law and the California constitution. We know that “following the law” is a difficult concept for left-coast Democrats to wrap their heads around, but you’re going to want to do your best. It might help you avoid these national embarrassments in the future.