L.A. GOP Chairman Calls Out Capitol Corruption

Press Release - L.A. GOP Chairman Calls Out Capitol Corruption; Demands Sen. Liu take leave of absence, end “Democrat cover up”

ENCINO, March 11, 2015 – Saying “Democrats are covering up for their own and the Capitol press corps remains strangely disinterested in this story,” Mark Vafiades, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, today called for a detailed inquiry and full airing of “what appears to be yet another massive Sacramento scandal.”

On January 27th of this year, a search warrant was executed at the La Canada-Flintridge home of Michael Peevey, a prominent Democrat who for many years was the head of the powerful California Public Utilities Commission.  According to reports, Peevey may have solicited political contributions from the utilities he was regulating, as well as funds for parties and other celebrations.

Peevey is married to Democrat State Sen. Carol Liu.  That means her home was raided, too, and the following items removed (that we know of): “computers, smartphones and a thumb drive, a small data-storage device.”

Vafiades said, “The most powerful regulator in California was forced to step down from his post, his home was raided by police, material was seized by authorities and his wife is a current Democrat member of the State Senate voting on several issues related to entities he regulated.  Why is that not a daily media story?”

To date, Peevey is not being pursued to give his side of the story, Sen. Liu has not been asked what she knows and when she knew it and the State Legislature has not opened any investigation.

In addition, Attorney General Kamala Harris has embargoed any details of this investigation despite the fact her office is at the forefront.  “For a politician known for seeking media attention, she’s far too quiet about possible criminal conduct involving her fellow Democrats,” said Vafiades.

“At a minimum, Sen. Liu should take a leave of absence from the State Senate, or explain why she won’t.  Senate Democrat Leader Kevin DeLeon should stop stonewalling unless he’s afraid of what he might find.  And the Sacramento press corps should show end the embargo on this story and pursue the public’s right to know.  Has Sacramento’s political and media culture become so numb to corruption that it can’t even take seriously one of the most alarming scandals in recent memory?”