Three conservative students at Cal State Fullerton were named in a lawsuit backed by the California Democratic Party. The students, members of their school’s College Republicans organization, were named in response to their efforts to recall Democratic State Senator Josh Newman.
The suit alleges that the students misled Californian voters when collecting signatures to recall State Sen. Newman. The recall effort, partially in response to his support of a $52 Billion gas tax increase, successfully collected enough signatures to include the recall question on the ballot.
“This lawsuit is the definition of frivolous, and more than that, an obstruction of the very processes that every Californian should hold dear,” Ryan Hoskins, Secretary of the College Republicans said in a written statement. “By naming myself and my fellow club members as defendants on this lawsuit, the California Democrats are attempting to scare us into backing down from this signature gathering effort. They will not succeed in breaking our spirit, and with the support of the California Republican Party, we will fight it in the court of law.”
According to the lawsuit the College Republicans along with other conservatives “misled” voters by implying that a recall of Senator Newman would lead to a repeal of the gas tax. The suit names Cal State students Amanda McGuire, Brooke Paz, and Ryan Hoskins as defendants in the suit, for their work as activist volunteers talking to constituents about the economic impacts of Newman’s vote to the district’s taxpayers.
As of Tuesday, 84,988 signatures had been collected and activists continue to collect signatures despite the fact that only 63,500 registered voters are needed to put the recall on the ballot.
Brooke Paz, who serves as Public Relations Director for the College Republicans told Daily Wire, “This lawsuit is a baseless attack on the character of hardworking and passionate activists, as well as a shameful intrusion on the democratic processes that are my right as an American citizen.”
Democrats in the California State Senate and Assembly possess a two-thirds majority. When it became evident that voters supported this recall, the Democratic party used their supermajority to quickly push through legislation that enabled people to rescind their signatures from petitions if they felt misled, thus enabling the lawsuit to happen.
Amanda McGuire, who is Vice-President of the College Republicans, asserted that “the lawsuit is a shameful and frantic attempt to silence voters of the district. The intimidation tactics espoused by the California Democrats should no longer be tolerated. It’s gone too far when college students are being dragged into court for becoming involved with the issues faced by their local cities. I’m proud to be a part of the party that fights to fix our government on every level.”
A member of Georgetown’s College Republicans remarked that, “This attack on the democratic system and on the principles of free speech is only the latest in a string of efforts to silence conservative voices. From the Berkley riots, to the open harassment of Vita Saxa, the left cannot tolerate alternative perspectives, as evidenced by countless events in the last year.”