In reading a prepared statement, Mia Bonta appeared flustered in responding to criticism over the conflict of interest.
WATCH: California Assemblymember Mia Bonta refuses to answer questions, won’t say if she’ll recuse herself from overseeing her husband, Attorney General Rob Bonta’s budget:“There is no violation of ethical rules in my holding this position.” pic.twitter.com/Jrd5UytUKK — Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) February 17, 2023
The Democrat pointed to her own district’s problems involving gun violence and the “carceral system,” continuing to decline to recuse herself from votes that would determine the attorney general’s budget. Mia Bonta previously described inquiries regarding the conflict of interest as motivated by “racism and sexism.”
CA Assemblymember @MiaBonta’s voice is quivering, she appears out of breath, and she is unable to answer a simple question about an obvious conflict of interest without reading a word for word prepared statement off of a piece of paper. Great reporting, @ZavalaA. https://t.co/aXusQo28Kr— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) February 18, 2023
California Gov. Gavin Newsom brushed off concerns over the conflict of interest, dismissing the matter as the responsibility of the state legislature.
After we shined light on how CA Assemblymember Mia Bonta will lead a state budget subcommittee that oversees her husband’s budget (CA AG Rob Bonta), she blamed “racism and sexism” for the ethical questions raised @EpochTimes https://t.co/sso1gAqtz5— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) February 15, 2023
State Assemblyman Devon Mathis, a Republican, criticized the arrangement as unethical.
Exchange between me and Gov. Newsom when I asked him if it’s ethical for Assemblymember Bonta to lead budget committee that oversees her husband, AG Rob Bonta’s budget:“Thank you for informing me…” pic.twitter.com/h3fIzCPqmG — Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) February 16, 2023
Rob Bonta hasn’t spoken publicly about the conflict of interest. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Assemblyman Mathis weighs in on Bonta situation.He responded to our CALeg survey on this with a “No, it’s not ethical” Responses from full CALeg coming later this afternoon. https://t.co/efMk8mYyAO — Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) February 16, 2023