Governor Gavin Newsom of California is facing scandal and a potential cover-up after his appointment of Laphonza Butler as the state’s newest senator. The appointment was made to fulfill Newsom’s promise of appointing a black woman to the seat left vacant by the death of former Senator Dianne Feinstein. However, Butler’s qualifications seem to be limited to working on Kamala Harris’ unsuccessful 2020 presidential campaign and identifying as a “black lesbian.” It’s unfortunate that the governor prioritizes diversity over merit when selecting the most powerful people in the country.
It’s no surprise that Newsom, with all his smooth talking, is proving to be an incompetent clown. Comparing him to Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, who is leading his state to economic and social success, is simply laughable. Despite their upcoming debate, the real-world results speak for themselves. Florida is thriving while California is drowning in far-left idiocy.
Governor @GavinNewsom has selected Laphonza Butler to complete Senator Feinstein’s term.
A trusted adviser to @VP Harris and leader of the nation’s largest organization dedicated to electing women, Butler will make history as the first Black lesbian to openly serve in Congress. pic.twitter.com/NTPcK2Wtve
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) October 2, 2023
Butler’s appointment is already shrouded in controversy as a cover-up is underway. The pro-abortion organization EMILY’s List, where Butler previously worked, removed her listed residency in Maryland overnight. It’s clear that she is not a resident of California, as she is not even registered to vote there. Questions about where she pays taxes and which state her driver’s license is from have also arisen. It’s ironic that Mehmet Oz received criticism for previously living in New Jersey while running for the Senate in Pennsylvania, yet Butler will likely escape such scrutiny. It seems that different standards and expectations apply for Democrats.
Overall, Newsom’s appointment of Butler raises serious concerns about his decision-making and integrity. California deserves competent and qualified leaders, not token appointments based on race and personal identity. This scandal highlights the dangers of identity politics and the need for a focus on merit and capability in our political leadership.