Newsom pick for California AG introduced bill to allow communists in state government in 2017

Embattled California Governor Gavin Newsom has picked Assemblyman Rob Bonta to fill the role of state AG since Xavier Becerra has joined the Biden admin as HHS secretary.

Banta has a controversial past.

In 2017, Banta introduced AB22, a bill to lift the ban on Communist Party members from serving in state government.

The bill failed after bipartisan opposition with Republicans arguing the measure was offensive to refugees of communist nations and veterans.

After the bill failed, Bonta said in a statement “Through my conversations with veterans and members of the Vietnamese-American community, I heard compelling stories of how AB 22 caused real distress and hurt for proud and honorable people. For that, I am sorry.”