Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday abused his power and defied the will of voters, victims and even himself by blocking the death penalty.

Voters have the power to eliminate the death penalty, but instead they have consistently chosen to keep it in place; twice in 2016 (by killing Prop 62 and approving Prop 66) and in 2012 (Prop 34). There’s rarely been a clearer example of what voters want. 

Not only did Newsom defy voters with his brazen and dangerous act, he defied candidate Gavin Newsom as well. He campaigned for governor in 2016 and in 2017 on not letting his opinion undermine the will of the voters.

And by standing with criminals – there are currently 737 murderers and rapists on California's death row, twenty-five of whom are responsible for killing six or more people – he disrespected the memory of victims and their families.

Worse yet, before even facing Californians to explain his actions, Gavin Newsom had scheduled vanity trips to New York and Washington, D.C. to bask in the praise from the liberal echo chamber. 

Republicans stand opposed to Newsom’s insensitive disregard for the rule of law. Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, said:

“Governor Newsom just demonstrated his first questionable action to be a leader for all Californians by putting his own views above the will of the people. In 2016, Californians spoke loud and clear by rejecting a plan to repeal the death penalty by a decisive margin. It’s disappointing that Governor Newsom would go back on his promise to honor the voters’ choice. It’s not just voters who Governor Newsom is ignoring, but murder victims and their families as well. What do you say to someone who’s finding out from a press conference that their loved-one’s killer won’t face justice? Death row inmates are not ordinary criminals. They are kidnappers. They are cop-killers. They are rapists who murdered their victims. These are the monsters Governor Newsom is protecting.”

Prop 62 was defeated by 60 percent or more in the districts of 22 Democrat members of Congress and the legislature.

Will these Democrats stand with victims and voters or the Democrat governor and murderers?

Jim Frazier, Ken Cooley, James Ramos, Rudy Salas, Adam Gray, Christy Smith and Sabrina Cervantes

Anna Caballero, Melissa Hurtado, Richard Roth and Cathleen Galgiani

John Garamendi, Ami Bera, Josh Harder, Jim Costa, T.J. Cox, Katie Hill, Pete Aguilar, Raul Ruiz, Gil Cisneros, Katie Porter and Harley Rouda