Instead of accepting an invitation from California Gov. Jerry Brown to attend a luncheon honoring the president of Mexico at the governor’s mansion, a Republican state assemblyman will lead a protest at the official residence during the event in support of a U.S. Marine held captive south of the border.
Brown, a Democrat, will hold the luncheon honoring Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Aug. 26.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly was invited to the event, but he delivered a scathing response to Brown on Monday regarding the continued imprisonment of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, which he exclusively shared with WND.
Tahmooressi, who served two combat tours of duty in Afghanistan, has been in jail since March after driving near the Mexican border and getting caught in a traffic lane that prevented him from making a U-turn back to the U.S.
He was jailed in Mexico because he was carrying his personal weapons, which although legal in the U.S., are not in Mexico.
Donnelly’s letter states: “I am writing to decline your luncheon invitation, and to express my deep disappointment that you would entertain the president of a nation that is holding an active-duty U.S. Marine captive.”
Referring to Brown’s July 27 trip to Mexico, Donnelly writes: “How you could visit Mexico and not publicly demand the release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, is beyond me. … Instead of visiting our imprisoned Marine, you were feted by his captors.”
Donnelly also references the influx of illegal aliens in California.
“You care more about the comfort of those who have illegally entered our country than you do for your own countrymen,” he writes. “You have spent endless billions of taxpayer dollars provided by the legal citizens of California to make certain that illegal aliens feel comfortable in our state.”