Wednesday, Democrat Assemblywoman Christy Smith (CA-25) Tweeted indicating support of the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ decision to slash LAPD and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s budgets, blaming the cuts on an economic crisis created by President Donald Trump and “#MoscowMitch” McConnell.
Smith had been silent for weeks on the police cuts despite calls from Rep. Mike Garcia to take a stand on the issue. Garcia has been adamantly opposed to police defunding.
Torunn Sinclair, the Regional Press Secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee had first Tweeted:
Sinclair’s Tweet elicited Smith’s response:
I know your party has a really hard time understanding governing these days but we’re in the middle of an economic crisis due to POTUS failures. Budgets are being slashed everywhere. Check in with #MoscowMitch and fight for more federal $ to support cities, counties, and LE. https://t.co/e16G0Wb6Tm
— Christy Smith (@ChristyforCA25) July 8, 2020
Smith had been silent on the LA City Council and LA County Board of Supervisors’ efforts to defund the police, yet the CA-25 covers most of northern Los Angeles County, and would be dramatically impacted.
But as Austin Kruger noted in his Tweeted reply,
Reminder: #CA25 is known as a “bedroom community for police and firefighters.”
We should expect nothing less from Christy since she mocks the military service of veterans pic.twitter.com/W6DlCoKENb
— Austin Kruger (@AustinKruger) July 8, 2020
On a Zoom call with campaign staff and supporters, Smith made light of Garcia’s supposed over-reliance on his background during the campaign,” California Globe reported in May. “Did you guys know he’s a pilot? I … you know … it had escaped me.” Amid much laughter, Smith adds, “OK, he’s got pictures of planes behind him and I’ve got constitutional law books.” An unidentified man opines, “I love that being a pilot gives him experience and knowledge in international affairs.” Smith joins in the chuckling.
Sinclair noted just some of what is being cut from the LAPD and LA County Sheriff’s budgets:
In the Special Election May 12 for California’s 25th Congressional District, newcomer Mike Garcia, a strong Republican candidate, flipped the Democrat-held district back to red, when he beat Democrat California Assemblywoman Christy Smith.
But Garcia only fills out the remainder of the term of disgraced former U.S. Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), who resigned after allegations and photos emerged of Hill and her husband involved in a “throuple” threesome relationship with a young congressional staffer.
Garcia faces Smith again in the November 3, 2020 election, for the new two-year term.
“Sacramento Politician Christy Smith time and again proves she will bow to the demands of liberal extremists instead of protecting and defending her community,” Sinclair added.