CA Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata Carjacked In Oakland
Extremist California Senator Becomes Crime Victim
Were the attackers illegal aliens? After a weekend carjacking forced a well- known Californian politician out of his vehicle at gunpoint, that's the question that begs to be answered.
For California Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland), that could prove an especially embarrassing revelation, given his history of derogatory name- calling toward those who support border enforcement.
In fact, it was just last year that Perata, a Bay Area extremist, was in the news for slamming the citizens of San Diego. Using a racist slur generally associated with poor, white Southerners, he called them "a bunch of crackers."
That outburst enraged some in Southern California and had San Diego- based radio talk show hosts firing back with everything in their arsenals.
Interestingly, though Perata claims to have had a good look at the assailants in two different settings, no description of the suspects has been reported in the Bay Area media. Has he refused to supply this information, or are they covering for him in order to avoid political fallout?
Were the carjackers white, there's little doubt we would have already been alerted to this fact. With the perps still on the loose, however, the general public has been given absolutely no details regarding their appearance.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Perata said he was waiting for the traffic light to change when, out of the corner of his eye, he noticed a man walking up to him. The senator, who has campaigned against assault weapons and crime, said he mistook the man for a panhandler or window washer at first.
But then the man began pulling a mask over his nose and pointed an automatic handgun at him "gangster style" - holding it sideways - before tapping it on his window and bellowing at him, "Get out of the mother- car."
Perata said he told the man, "I'm outta here," and jumped out of the car, which police say might have been targeted for its 22-inch rims. The man got inside and took off in the car, which also had Perata's cell phone in it.
The carjacker was followed by an accomplice in a gold 2000 Chevrolet Camaro that was stolen in San Leandro on Friday in an incident in which shots were fired, authorities said.
Oakland police Lt. Lawrence Green said police do not believe the assailants recognized Perata on Saturday. The senator told officers that he believed he saw the men at a Union 76 gas station minutes earlier on Broadway Terrace, so it is possible that they followed him to 51st and Shattuck before carjacking him, Green said.
Perata said he was preparing to get on the freeway when he was carjacked and his was the third car waiting at the red light. The gunman was no more than 3 feet away, and at one point, Perata said, he feared that if the assailant panicked and fired a round while fumbling to get his mask over his face, "that would have been the end of me.
From the Los Angeles Times, here's another interesting nugget:
Police say there was no indication that the assailants recognized Perata, a native of the East Bay, or noticed his car's exempt license plate, which hinted that the car belonged to a state official.
Rather, police think it was the 22-inch chrome rims on the senator's vehicle that caught the carjackers' attention.
"The car is kind of sporty for a senator," said Oakland Police Lt. Lawrence Green. "When the captain called and described it, I said, 'We're talking about the suspect's car or the senator's car?' "
Perata said the chrome rims came with the car when he bought it. The car is officially owned by the Senate, and Perata said he pays for its use beyond his car allowance.
Ever the hypocrite, the gun- toting Perata (though it wasn't with him during the carjacking) still intends to continue his lifelong quest to grab yours:
(Los Angeles Times) Asked if it is a common occurrence in Oakland, Green replied, "Senators getting robbed? Not too often." Carjackings, on the other hand, happen about once a day, he said.
Perata says he doesn't anticipate any new legislation coming out of the incident.
"I've been doing gun control for 20 years, and this confirms what I've always believed," he said. "This is simply a punctuation of my long career on this issue.
Regardless of whether the carjackers are here legally or not, the fact that the incident has only caused this elected hypocrite to further dig in his heels on ill- considered legislation says a great deal about the twisted stubbornness that plagues Bay Area "progressives", no matter how badly their initiatives fail.
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