Public outcry in the Stanford rape case has already sparked the creation of several petitions for an impeachment hearing against the judge who handed down a sentence of only six months in jail. While the success of those petitions are the result of a grassroots movement by everyday citizens, the Recall Judge Aaron Persky campaign is amping up their protest by adding three professional political consultants to their team to keep the signatures coming in and get the votes needed to send Persky packing.
Media consultant Joe Trippi, pollster Paul Maslin, and campaign strategist John Shallman boast impressive resumes, including Trippi’s previous work for Democratic presidential candidates, Maslin’s work with California Gov. Jerry Brown and members of Congress, and Shallman’s previous work with the California Senate on the “yes means yes” law in California, requiring college campuses to address the issues regarding consent on campuses.
After the conviction of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, the sentencing and the remarks made by Judge Persky in his ruling have prompted over 1 million signatures on a Change.org petition and another 200,000 on a MoveOn.org petition calling for his removal from the bench, according to Vanity Fair. A White House petition has exceeded the 100,000 signatures required to prompt a response from the Oval Office, as well.