Republicans haven’t held statewide office in California since 2006. Take a look at the race for state treasurer and it’s easy to see why.
Democratic incumbent Fiona Ma faced a series of scandals during her first term. In February, Orange County media reported that Ma stepped in personally to help a president of a local police union count his union pay into his state pension – and received generous campaign contributions of said union as the process unfolds. Last October, the Sacramento Bee reported that Ma, who chose to live in San Francisco, billed taxpayers for her housing when she and her staff spent the night in Sacramento for work — to the tune of $32,000 in her first two years in office. This report follows the revelation that Ma regularly shared hotel rooms with his subordinates on these trips, a practice as questionable as it may seem after a former staff member filed a lawsuit against Ma for harassment. sexual activity that allegedly occurred during some of these stays. The staff member also alleges that Ma wrongfully fired her afterwards.