It couldn’t have happened to a nicer, oh, heck, there’s nothing nice about California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-Evil Harridan). Since her entrance on the local political stage in 2012 she has wreaked havoc on individual liberties, economic freedom, and our state sovereignty.
That’s not an exaggeration. From AB5, to Motor Voter laws, to ballot harvesting, Californians can thank Gonzalez-Fletcher for not only ruining voting integrity and pressing her fat thumb on the election scales, but in destroying 4.5 million independent professionals, self-employed, and small businesses. All for Union gain and grift. Before entering statewide politics, Gonzalez worked for the Teamsters; actually, she still works for them, but skirts scrutiny due to a feckless California Republican Party and a Democrat Super Majority who allowed her to snatch power at every opportunity.
Enter Carl DeMaio of Reform California, who may have found a chink in her armor.
Reform California today announced it has filed an ethics complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) demanding an immediate investigation and enforcement actions be taken against Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez after a Politico story late Tuesday night confirmed “employment negotiations” have been occurring between Gonzalez and the powerful California Labor Federation.
Gonzalez quickly took to Twitter after the story broke to claim she has not yet accepted the job – but provisions in the California Political Reform Act (CPRA) make that immaterial to whether she has run afoul of state ethics laws.
In fact, a state official who simply negotiates employment with a potential employer is covered under the law. Under subdivision (c) of Regulation 18747 of the CPRA, “a public official is ‘negotiating’ employment when he or she interviews or discusses an offer of employment with an employer or his or her agent.”
Oops. Gonzalez-Fletcher had her eye on running for the Secretary of State in 2022, and even launched her campaign. When Gavin “Hair Gel” Newsom appointed Secy of State Alex Padilla to the Senator spot left vacant by Kamala Harris, Gonzalez-Fletcher was not so subtly lobbying to be the replacement. Too bad: Newsom received a lot of blowback over the fact that he did not replace Senator Harris with a Black female, so His Hairfullness appointed Black Assemblywoman Shirley Weber as Secy of State to make up for it.
Game over for Gonzalez-Fletcher. The Evil Harridan makes an art form out crying about the lack of diversity in higher office, complaining that women of color (mostly, “Unseen Latinas”), don’t get a fair shake <insert *eyeroll* emoji>. So, even she knew it would be a bad political move and in massive poor taste to try and challenge Weber for the seat in 2022.
While Gonzalez-Fletcher could run again for a final term in the California Assembly, she and her equally craven spouse, the egregious San Diego Board of Supervisors Nathan Fletcher (D-Opportunist), have always slathered after bigger and higher things. Since the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka acquired his toe tag, rumors have been rampant of shuffling among Big Labor. While Gonzalez-Fletcher would be filling a statewide slot, it would still position her for national prominence, particularly with pro-Union Dementia Joe still in the White House.
Lorena Gonzalez with former Union boss Richard Trumka
Then, the POLITICO piece hit.
California Labor Federation officials have voted to endorse Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) as the powerful organization’s next leader, sources confirmed to POLITICO.
The non-binding vote by the body’s executive council will not immediately elevate Gonzalez to a new role or cause her to leave the Legislature because Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski has not stepped down or reached the end of his term. Pulaski will work with the organization to craft a succession timeline.
“There was a vote on a recommendation for Lorena Gonzalez, but it wasn’t binding,” spokesperson Steve Smith said.
Not sure if POLITICO thought it was doing Gonzalez-Fletcher a favor, or someone is trying to take her out. In either case, DeMaio had the smoking gun he needed.
Once it is established that a state official has engaged in conduct that triggers subdivision (c), Section 87407 of the CPRA applies: “No public official, shall make, participate in making, or use his or her official position to influence, any governmental decision directly relating to any person with whom he or she is negotiating, or has any arrangement concerning, prospective employment.”
And if you believe that, I have some beachfront property in Palm Springs to sell you.
Gonzalez has been the staunchest advocate for the California Labor Federation in the Assembly and is on record sponsoring and voting for their legislation and utilizing her office to influence state agency activities.
Lorena Gonzalez holds up “Union” Sign on CA Assembly Floor
Not just on record, but she brazenly posts this stuff on her personal Twitter and Instagram accounts. Oh, she scrubs regularly, blocks people (me included), and denies that she uses her Assembly seat to influence legislation in favor of the Unions. But anyone who was involved with fighting AB5 and SB277 know the truth. And Gonzalez-Fletcher can scrub all she wants, but screenshots are forever.
Lorena Gonzalez tweet response admitting AB5 is created to Unionize
Lorena Gonzalez tweet of KUSI interview
Along with the request for FPPC to investigate, DeMaio is calling for Gonzalez-Fletcher to resign.
“While she should have been serving only the interest of her constituents, Lorena Gonzalez has broken all ethical norms by negotiating a sweetheart employment opportunity with a powerful special interest group while doing their bidding in the Assembly,” notes Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California.
“Not only do we demand an immediate ethics investigation into this matter, but it is clear that Lorena Gonzalez must resign to remove any suggestion that she is using her elected office to benefit a special interest group that she has been engaged in employment negotiations with,” DeMaio says.
DeMaio said any investigation by the FPPC should include review of texts, cell calls, and emails for at least the last seven months as well as sworn testimony from board members to the California Labor Federation. DeMaio said the seven month timeframe is key because Gonzalez was rejected by Gov. Gain Newsom for appointment to the Secretary of State position in March of this year – thus prompting the Assemblymember to look for outside employment opportunities.
“Gonzalez will try to play the public for fools by claiming she had absolutely no conversations with the California Labor Federation – but the FPPC needs to put her and others under oath to get to the truth,” DeMaio concludes.
DeMaio needs to be collecting any forensic data he can. As stated above, Gonzalez-Fletcher is famous for memory-holing her most egregious policy statements and misinformation.
Is this the season for Karma to catch up with Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher?