Gov. Jerry Brown of California has committed an impeachable offense, but don’t start counting the days until his impeachment. He is a Democrat after all and Democrats are not accountable for crimes. In fact, should Hillary stumble and fall, his infraction could fast track his presidential run. Or at the very least, a bronze statue in the legislative hall in Sacramento.
Brown used, according to the Associated Press, scarce state resources to do a study on his private property to determine if there was potential for oil. This is a direct violation of California Law, Section 8314, which clearly states:
“It is unlawful for any elected state or local officer…to use or permit others to use public resources for…personal or other purposes which are not authorized by law.”
This is not a crime that can get you sent to prison, however, it is a crime that can get you impeached in the United States but not in California. The penalty for his crime is a fine of $1000 a day for each day state resources were used on his property and reimbursement of all expenses incurred by the state, including vehicles, computers, and “state-compensated time.” Those expenses are tripled and the culprit is responsible to pay that.
There are two ways Brown could be removed from the statehouse. One is by impeachment, which has the same chance as Obama has of becoming competent. The second would be a recall election, which is equally unlikely since his poll numbers are so high. And thirdly, let me be redundant on this, he’s a Democrat.
This brings up another interesting question. Gov. Brown signed a bill allowing for the use of fracking in California. That would seem to be against his natural instinct as an environmentalist. Did the change of heart have something to do with making California prosperous or did it have something to do with what experts found on his land? We will never know.
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