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California Playbook: ANTI-KJ CAMPAIGN

ANTI-KJ CAMPAIGN — Just one day after announcing he won’t run for a third term, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson found himself the target of a drive by the progressive Courage Campaign — which has mounted an online petition drive urging him to resign. The group cited charges of sexual abuse which date back two decades, and a recent video which has put the story into banner headlines.

Explicit, and tough — That’s the tone of a letter from Courage Campaign’s Laura Levitt, a former social worker, in making the call for KJ to resign: “The video is chilling…A teenage girl sits on her hands and speaks to a Phoenix police officer in a gloomy room, describing sexual abuse.”

“Many people in Sacramento had been aware of her words and allegations, but had never seen her face before or heard her voice telling a first hand account of her story. We can’t keep ignoring these serious allegations of child sex abuse.

“It has never been more clear, in the face of these allegations, Kevin Johnson does not deserve to represent the people of Sacramento. And Sacramento cannot wait until next year for Johnson to step down. He should not be allowed to remain in office one more day!”