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Philadelphia’s Progressive District Attorney Could Face Impeachment

Philadelphia’s progressive district attorney (DA) faces potential impeachment after months of raging crime in the Democrat-run city.

Impeachment proceedings against DA Larry Krasner have been opened by three Republican state representatives, the New York Post reports. Removal of Krasner became more plausible after the recent recall of San Francisco’s radical progressive DA Chesa Boudin, the Post reports.

‘Beneficiaries of Soros’ Largesse’

Krasner, like Boudin, was propelled into office with the assistance of wealthy political donor George Soros, the Post reports.

“Boudin was among a wave of progressive district attorneys elected in recent years, many with the help of at least $40 million in spending by billionaire financier George Soros, according to research by the nonprofit Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund,” states the Post.

“In New York City, Soros donated $1 million to embattled Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s campaign through the Color of Change political action committee. … Other beneficiaries of Soros’ largesse include Chicago DA Kim Foxx and Philadelphia DA Larry Krassner, who—like Bragg—are also among the prosecutors most likely to face the voters’ wrath if the Golden Gate City turns out to be a trendsetter.”

‘Reached a Breaking Point’

Over 220 people have been murdered in Philadelphia since the beginning of the year, the news release states Pennsylvania state Rep. Josh Kail (R- Washington/Beaver), in a press release explaining the reasoning of the three legislators impeaching Krasner.

Nearly 1,000 people have been injured or killed by gun violence in less than six months, but Krasner has not acted, says Kail.

“We are starting this process now because the unchecked violent crime in Philadelphia has reached a breaking point due to the willful refusal by District Attorney Krasner to enforce existing laws,” said Kail.

Law-breakers must be prosecuted, says state Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland), the second of the three Republicans leading the impeachment process.

“Taking this step today and undertaking this process continues what we have been doing and what we need to do to combat violence and crime here in Pennsylvania—ensure the laws already on the books are enforced,” Ecker said.

What happens in Philadelphia becomes a state-wide problem, says state Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington), the third Republican impeaching Kail.

“Just last week, city businesses said they are thinking of relocating because of spikes in crime,” O’Neil said. “Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s major economic engine, a tourist attraction, and the birthplace of our freedoms. If unchecked crime is keeping businesses and tourists from visiting and locating in Philadelphia, it impacts Pennsylvania as a whole.”

‘Alienated Even the Democrats’

This action in Philadelphia comes on the heels of the successful recall of Boudin in San Francisco.

The vote against Boudin was a rejection of the far-left ideology, says Susan Crabtree, writing at RealClearPolitics, reports Heartland Daily News. 

“Beyond California, Boudin’s ouster sends a clear message that urban progressives’ stance on criminal justice has alienated even the Democrats’ loyal voting base,” said Crabtree.

Democrats helped drive Boudin from office because of the “squalor and spike in petty crimes and break-ins” in San Francisco, wrote Crabtree.

‘Make LA Livable Again’

Another soft-on-crime prosecutor, George Gascón faces a possible recall in the County of Los Angeles.

A recent poll shows more than 45 percent of voters in Long Beach, the second largest city in Los Angeles County, support a recall, National Review reports. Residents stated they believe Gascón’s policies have contributed to the surge in crime in their neighborhoods.

A Long Beach Center for Urban Politics and Policy poll found residents identify homelessness as their top concern and crime as the second most important issue. The two words poll participants used most often to describe Gascón are “progressive” and “lax/lenient.”

Wokeism is to blame for the spiraling crime in the city, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told Fox News channel in April.

Last year, 13,238 criminal cases were rejected by the district attorney’s office due to “special orders,” Villaneuva told Fox, rather than a lack of evidence.

It is time to end the tolerance of policies that have plagued crime-ridden cities, says Villaneuva.

“Woke-ism is on the ropes,” said Villaneuva. “Let’s put it out of its misery in 2022. My only goal is to make LA livable again.”

In Pennsylvania, the three state representatives are seeking cosponsors for Articles of Impeachment against Krasner. Impeachment is a possibility because Republicans are a majority in both Houses of the General Assembly, say observers.

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Eileen Griffin
Eileen Griffin
Eileen Griffin, MBA, Ph.D., is a contributing editor at Heartland Daily News and writes on a wide range of topics, from crime and criminal justice to education and religious freedom. Griffin worked for more than 20 years in leadership roles in the financial industry and is the author of books on business and politics.


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