Philadelphia just elected Larry Krasner as district attorney, and according to Philly Mag, he might qualify as “the most progressive” DA in the country when he’s sworn in next year.
Krasner beat Republican prosecutor Beth Grossman despite having never worked for DA’s office before. The city’s Fraternal Order of Police also took a strong stand against Krasner.
Krasner, a well known “Black Lives Matter” and “Occupy” defender, has sued the city’s police department a whopping 75 times.
Krasner’s victory indicates that progressives are growing more powerful in a city that has typically been more mainstream. In Philly’s 2016 primary, Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders by double digits. That’s quite different from what happened today and in this year’s primary, when Krasner rose to the top of a crowded field of Democrats with the most left-wing platform in the race.
Krasner’s election could also be interpreted to mean that the city’s Fraternal Order of Police has less political clout than thought: It tried to thwart Krasner not only in the general election but in the primary as well, when it endorsed former assistant district attorney Rich Negrin. Union president John McNesby called Krasner’s candidacy “hilarious.”
Most of Krasner’s opponents, including Grossman, were longtime prosecutors. Krasner, on the other hand, has never worked for the DA’s office a day in his life. He is a civil rights and defense attorney who has represented Black Lives Matter and Occupy Philly. He’s also sued the police department and City Hall more than 75 times, and promised never to seek the death penalty or bring cases based on illegal searches. Krasner once joked that he’d “spent a career becoming completely unelectable.”
Krasner might not have had any experience working for the office he’ll now lead, and he may have even admitted himself that he’s “completely unelectable.”
But he did have something Grossman didn’t. He had George Soros, and the billionaire’s money was more than enough to elect the unelectable.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Liberal billionaire George Soros has quietly flooded cash into local district attorney races across numerous states in recent years, notching yet another victory Tuesday in Philadelphia […]
[Krasner] had a major fundraising advantage that was provided almost exclusively by Soros, who has made it a mission to fund district attorney races throughout the country and has notched victories along the way.
The Soros operation is the same in nearly every city: The financier will establish political action committees, pour money into local races, then turn around and shut them down once the election is over.
On April 28, Soros initially cut a $1,450,000 check to the Philadelphia Justice and Public Safety PAC, a super PAC that was established with the sole intent of backing Krasner. The PAC lists its address as the Perkins Coie law office, a Washington, D.C.-based powerhouse law firm that represents a number of Democratic politicians, committees, and interests. Whitney Tymas, who has been involved with a number of Soros PACs, is the operator of the Philadelphia Justice & Public Safety PAC.
Soros gave $214,000 more to the PAC on May 23, bringing the total amount in support of Krasner to $1.7 million, an unusual high for the average district attorney race. This was the first time a PAC had supported a candidate for district attorney in the city.
Soros is putting millions of dollars on the line by funding liberal candidates in district attorney elections across the country.
But so long as he feeds his prefered candidates with cash-loaded super-PACs, he can count on a victory, and he’ll even get his money back from the grateful winners.
The Washington Free Beacon continues:
Soros previously pushed millions into district attorney races in Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico.
Soros was the sole funder of a super PAC last year in Ohio that supported Democratic prosecutors in the state. After the candidates had won, the committee refunded Soros his money and the PAC was shut down.
Money, greed, and power define George Soros’s career as he makes sure to redefine America’s political landscape thanks to endless streams of cash that are quietly letting even totally inexperienced progressives like Larry Krasner take over.