California Governor Jerry Brown refused to comment on Tuesday about the case of United States Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been imprisoned in Mexico since March 31 after missing an exit forcing him into the San Ysidro border crossing.
Sgt. Tahmooressi, who served two combat tours of duty in Afghanistan, had legally purchased firearms, but Mexico does not allow citizens to carry weapons despite their murder rate of 19 per 100,000 residents.
Brown was taken to task by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly for holding a luncheon for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto while Sgt. Tahmooressi remains in a Mexican prison. Instead of accepting the invitation, Donnelly opted to protest the event, saying in part that he has "deep disappointment" that Gov. Brown "would entertain the President of a nation that is holding an active-duty US Marine captive."
Members of the patriot biker group, '2 Million Bikers to DC' also attended the protest. The founder of the group, Belinda Bee, told the Examiner they have "supported the release of Sgt Tahmooressi since the day he was taken into custody."
Brown dismissed Assemblyman Donnelly as being a "conspiracy theorist" who thinks "Common Core is some U.N. plot or something," as reported Tuesday at the LA Times. Speaking of Donnelly, Brown mocked, "Some people are so far out in right field.”
When asked to comment on Sgt. Tahmooressi's case during a radio segment at KNX 1070 as reported at a local CBS affiliate, Governor Brown said,
"I don't know. You know I - I'm just getting information on that thing so you know lots of issues in both countries because of our people going there, they're coming here so I don't think that's something I am going to comment on - at least on this radio show."
When pushed, Brown said, "Well, they've got a lot of their guys sitting in our jails, too."
A White House petition for Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi has amassed 134,811 signatures at the time of this writing.