It would be easy to dismiss this as some fringe group trying to make California into its own country, but former intelligence officials tell the ABC7 News I-Team the ballot initiative leader's ties to Russia raise serious questions. Louis Marinelli has received support in Russia from a far-right nationalist group that wants to break up the United States. Former intelligence officials say that association raises serious questions about his intent.
He's the leader of the Yes California campaign, also dubbed Calexit. Marinelli is an American who lives in Russia, but his movement is getting a lot of attention stateside.
How curious. It seems hard to believe that Pooty-Poot and his pals would seek to capitalize upon political turmoil in the USA, but there seems to be some who suspect that to be the case.
As mentioned here yesterday, the Calexit crowd held a shindig at a hotel near LAX on Monday in an effort to get enough people to sign their petition to enable them to put a secession measure on the ballot next year. They've got kind of an uphill battle, though, as some 68% of California residents don't want to leave the USA. And then there's that whole Civil War thing, which was decidedly uncivil.