Sir Daniel McComb
Photo of McComb taken in 2017
|Prime Minister of Sierra|
December 16, 2016 – October 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Steven Hong|
|Succeeded by||Leslie Steele|
|Member of the K.S. House of Commons|
for Central Greater Bernheim (San Joaquin's 14th district)
September 27, 2004 – October 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Issac Hinrichs|
|Succeeded by||Jocelyn Campbell|
|Leader of the Opposition|
October 16, 2012 – December 16, 2016
|Preceded by||Evan Hutchison|
|Succeeded by||Preston Bolivar (acting)|
|Leader of the Royalist Party|
October 16, 2012 – October 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Evan Hutchison|
|Succeeded by||Leslie Steele|
|Speaker of the San Joaquin|
House of Assembly
March 14, 1998 – September 27, 2004
|Preceded by||Nate Brown|
|Succeeded by||Simon Duke|
|San Joaquin Assemblyman|
from the 5th District
October 16, 1992 – March 13, 1998
|Preceded by||Saul McGill|
|Succeeded by||Cathy Rosenberg|
November 5, 1959|
Escalon, San Joaquin, K.S.
Royalist (1986–1990; 2002–2017)
(m. 1984; div. 2017)
|Residence||Fisher Provincial Prison (incarcerated)|
The Presidio (B.S.)|
Harvard University (J.D.)
|Branch/service||San Joaquin National Army Guard|
|Unit||Hussar Wings, 4th Infantry Division, 2nd Armored Combat Brigade|
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|Prime Minister of Sierra|
Inauguration · Cabinet · Premiership · Appointments · Sexual abuse allegations
Early life and career · San Joaquin Assembly · Political positions · Electoral history
Sir Daniel Noah McComb, KHK, PC, Esq., (born November 5, 1959) is a Sierran former politician who served as the 32nd Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sierra from 2016 to 2017, Leader of the Royalist Party from 2012 to 2017, and Leader of the Opposition from 2012 to 2016. He was first elected in the House of Commons as a member of Parliament when he stood as the Royalist candidate for Central Greater Bernheim during the 2004 Sierran federal election and held until 2017. A member of the Royalist Party, McComb previously served in the San Joaquin House of Assembly from 1992 to 2002 and as its speaker from 1998 to 2002. As of 2021, McComb is the most recent Royalist to serve as Prime Minister.
McComb was born and raised in the town of Escalon in a family of military veterans with his father, James McComb, and his uncle, Jeffrey McComb both serving in the Sierran Royal Navy during World War II and his grandfather, Joseph McComb serving as a foreign volunteer in the French Air Force during World War I. McComb enrolled in The Presidio in 1977 and served two years in the San Joaquin National Army Guard as sergeant before completing Harvard Law School with a J.D. McComb practiced law upon returning home to San Joaquin and passing the provincial bar exam. McComb joined the S.J.W. & Associates law firm, where he served clients in the Bernheim-Oakalona-Plainsfield metropolitan area with a focus on property law as a real estate attorney.
McComb first entered into public office when he was elected to the Plainsfield Board of Supervisors in 1986 as a Royalist. He became the first Royalist president of the Plainsfield Board of Supervisors when he was selected by the board in 1990. Towards the end of his tenure, McComb switched party affiliations to the Democratic-Republican to conform with local politics and gain more electability in a provincial-level office. McComb stood in the 5th Assembly District of San Joaquin in the 1992 election as a Democratic-Republican and won, and was reelected in every election thereafter until his resignation in 2002. He was elected Speaker by his assembly in 1998 before he stepped down in 2004 to stand in the 2004 federal election for Central Greater Bernheim. He ran with his original party, a Royalist (a move that received much attention). The 2004 election saw a Royalist landslide election, including gains in San Joaquin and the Central Greater Bernheim constituency. In 2010, McComb became chair of the House Committee on Defense of that year. He presided over the 2012 Royalist Party National Convention as its keynote speaker and witnessed the rise of his new party in his home province following major concessions in the provincial legislature to the Conservative coalition. In addition to chairing the Committee on Defense, McComb was a ranking member of the Committee on Appropriations and the vice chair of the Committee on Judiciary. In 2012, he ran in the Royalist leadership election and won, becoming the Leader of the Royalist Party and the Leader of the Opposition.
Under McComb, the party shifted towards a more nationalist-driven platform. He opposed the health care reforms and social liberalism of the Democratic-Republican government under Steven Hong, and was critical of Sierra's membership in the Conference of American States. Following the assassination of Steven Hong, McComb backed new elections, promising greater national security and a crackdown against dissident republicanism. On December 2016, the Royalist Party won a landslide election and regained control over the House. McComb became the first Royalist prime minister from San Joaquin. During his premiership, McComb and his party announced their legislative agenda, Forwarding Freedom, and began repealing a number of Hong-era executive orders. Following the devastating 7.8 2017 Pawnee earthquake a month into his incumbency, he requested over $110 billion in federal funding to support disaster relief and a twenty-five year plan to "earthquake-proof" Sierra. He received opposition when he supported the University of Sierra's decision to increase student tuition by $1,500, triggering nationwide protests across affiliated university campuses. In foreign policy, he reaffirmed Sierra's relationship with key allies in Anglo-America, the Asia-Pacific, and Europe. He ordered tougher immigration regulations and controversially imposed a quota on refugees from certain Muslim-majority countries.
On October 3, 2017, just two months short of his first complete year as prime minister, McComb resigned as prime minister and Leader of the Royalist Party, following numerous allegations of sexual assault, harassment, and rape against him and a resultant impeachment inquiry in the House. He was suspended and then expelled from the Royalist Party and his titles and distinctions in chivalric orders were revoked. He was investigated by several federal law enforcement agencies, local police departments, and the Senate. He was later arrested and charged by Porciúncula police on multiple counts of sexual misconduct including the rape of three women on September 17, 2018. He was later released from jail after his bail of $2.5 million was paid. His travel was restricted and monitored by court order. On January 4, 2019, McComb was found guilty on one count of statutory rape and two counts of sexual assault by the Superior Court of Marshall County in San Joaquin. On June 23, 2019, he was sentenced to seven to fourteen years in prison, and was sent to Fisher Provincial Prison in Oakalona, San Joaquin to serve his sentence.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Primarily of Sierran Jacobite descent (with Irish and Ulster Scot heritage), the McCombs immigrated to Sierra during the Gold Rush from Northern Ireland. McComb's great-grandfather, Martin McComb, was a prospector who was drafted into the Sierran Civil War as a Republican cavalryman. After the war, Martin McComb fell in love and married Jane Campbell, a Sierran Jacobite, and their children were raised in the Jacobite McComb was born and raised in the Jacobite lifestyle. At the time of McComb's birth, the family heritage of Jacobitism had persisted. McComb was born and raised in Escalon, San Joaquin, the youngest son of Rose McComb (née Kirkpatrick) and James McComb. He has two siblings, Alan and Vicky, five and eight years older respectively. As a child, McComb attended elementary school in Modesto and was raised in a Roman Catholic background. His father as well as his uncle, Jeffrey, both served in the Navy during World War II as seamen while his grandfather, Joseph McComb saw combat in World War I as a volunteer fighter for the French Air Force.
As a teenager, McComb attended Escalon High School and graduated in the class of 1977. In pursuant with family tradition of military service, McComb attended the Bernheim campus of The Presidio in San Francisco and served the San Joaquin National Army Guard while studying. Serving in the 4th Infantry Division, 2nd Armored Combat Brigade of the Hussar Wings, he was promoted to sergeant in 1980, and was deployed on a three-month tour in Korea during the summer in a contracting arrangement with the standard Sierran Royal Army. After completing his brief service, he was formally discharged when he studied abroad at Harvard Law School in Boston and obtained a bachelor's degree in law in 1982, and then J.D. in 1984. He graduated summa cum laude. McComb is an alumnus of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, which he joined while he was an undergraduate.
McComb returned home to Escalon upon completing his studies where he passed the San Joaquin Provincial Bar Test. McComb married his childhood friend, Tracy McAlister, in October 1984 and began practicing law with the Seinfield-Walker-Jasna & Associates Law Firm (S.J.W. & Associates). Focusing on property law as a real estate attorney, McComb led a class action lawsuit against local landlords in Bernheim for unfair rent price practices, winning $20 million in total damages. He gained further recognition when he directly challenged incumbent supervisor Harrison Ingram for the seat of the 4th Supervisory District of Plainsfield County, exposing the incumbent of embezzling county finances. With Ingram indicted with the charge and resigning from office, the seat was vacant during an election year, prompting McComb to run for the seat. Although McComb ran as a registered Royalist in a deeply Democratic-Republican area, he easily won with 79% of the votes.
Early political career[edit | edit source]
Plainsfield County Board of Supervisors[edit | edit source]
As a county supervisor, McComb oversaw county affairs and operations in the 4th Supervisory District of Plainsfield County which included his home town, Escalon, Farmington, Copperopolis, Rancho Calaveras, and Linden. During his tenure, McComb focused on beautifying county parks, improving existing roads, and introducing more advanced irrigation in the area. In 1990, Board of Supervisors President Arthur Ghent retired, prompting the board to appoint McComb as their president, making McComb the first Royalist to assume the seat.
In 1992, McComb ran for the 5th Assembly District of San Joaquin as a Democratic-Republican, challenging fellow Democratic-Republican incumbent Saul McGill. During a campaign tour across the province, McComb was involved in a car accident near Bernheim. McComb required hospitalization for his injuries, spending two months to treat his broken rib cage. His driver, Rodrigo Abad, a political aide of his, died, and McComb launched a charity foundation in Abad's name to promote safer driving. After release, despite undergoing recovery, McComb continued to campaign, managing to secure the seat and winning the 1992 election.
San Joaquin House of Assembly[edit | edit source]
Once elected, McComb pushed for responsible government spending, favoring tax cuts for lower-income families and minor tax hikes on wealthier families, and focusing provincial budget on education and transportation. He co-sponsored a bill with Rich Fogle that extended social welfare programs to members of Native Sierran reservations and introduced a failed bill that would reduce the salaries of all officeholders in the provincial government including the Governor. He voted in favor of restricting the ability of local city officials such as the Bernheim Chief Alderman from invoking eminent domain, and brokered a $55 million deal to subsidize public housing. McComb was reelected in 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000. In 1996, McComb became the Majority Whip, and chaired the House Assembly Committee on Housing and City Planning, and was then elected as Speaker of the House of Assembly in 1998, chairing the House Assembly Committee on Rules and Ethics.
On the morning of February 15, 1997, Daniel McComb convened over the Assembly floor amidst bill deliberation when former city employee Monte Salamanca stormed the building and fired his .45 revolver indiscriminately at individuals at the front desk. One was killed, Frankie Barajas, the House Sergeant-at-Arms, and four others were critically injured, before Salamanca surrendered by raising his arms up, and was apprehended. During police investigation and court appearances, it was discovered that Salamanca was suffering from depression due to his layoff from the Bernheim city government (an indirect result of McComb's plan to reduce government spending), recent divorce, and growing debt. The attack was premeditated although McComb was not said to be Salamanca's target more than the attack was a "statement" to the government. McComb and members of the legislature were safely evacuated without issue while the Capitol was on lockdown, but McComb cites the incident as the "defining moment" in his career that led him to strongly support gun rights, believing gun control could have not prevented the incident. After Salamanca was sentenced to 25 years in prison on counts of voluntary manslaughter, trespass, assault, and battery, McComb visited Salamanca at the San Quentin Federal Penitentiary in 2001 in a highly televised broadcast to speak with him personally.
Highly respected in the House of Assembly, McComb expressed his interest in broadening the scope of his representation, and decided to stand as a candidate for Central Greater Bernheim in the 2004 Sierran federal election as a Royalist. His main opponent, incumbent Issac Hinrichs, was embroiled in a sex scandal, which damaged his reputation and polling throughout the electoral race. McComb's switch to the Royalist Party as a prominent lawmaker in the Democratic-Republican-heavy province was deemed a surprise and received widespread media attention. McComb stated that during his time with the Democratic-Republican Party, he stated that the party at the federal level had moved away from its original values and ideas. He claimed he represented a wave of former Styxiecrats and Bluecoat Styxers who desired a return to conservatism that was found in the current Royalist Party. He won a plurality of 43.7%, defeating Hinrichs and became the first Royalist MP elected in Central Greater Bernheim's history.
K.S. House career[edit | edit source]
72nd, 73rd, 74th, 75th Parliaments (2002–08)[edit | edit source]
McComb was sworn in to the House on December 16, 2004 and was assigned to serve on the Appropriations, Budget, Defense, and Judiciary committees. The first legislative proposal of McComb was to challenge Parliament's decision to raise the debt ceiling, introducing a measure that would cap the debt at $700 billion, reduce government by 20% for the coming year, and prevent the ceiling from raising for at least 6 years. His proposal went to the floor on February 2002 but failed to pass with the Democratic-Republicans tabling the measure.
In February 2004, McComb was one of the many members of Parliament to vote for the Joint Resolution to use Sierran Crown Armed Forces Against Iraq and Afghanistan, and added a passed provision in the bill that allowed the Prime Minister to commit up to 2,500 troops for 6 months without need for parliamentary consent. He also voted in favor of the 2003 Counterterrorism Defense and Intelligence Act (CDIA) which essentially allowed the Sierran government to create a national defense agency specifically tasked to combat terrorism and espionage, authorize surveillance of suspected terrorists or individuals involved in foreign clandestine activities without warrants, strengthening the national border, and other provisions similar to the United States' Patriot Act.
In March 4, 2004, McComb authored the tripartite Safe Families Online and Children Protection Act which heightened punishments for websites and online services intentionally distributing or marketing inappropriate content such as pornography and drug use to minors and requiring certain sites to make explicit content less accessible.
In January 2, 2005, McComb authored a major provision of the Court Representation and Choice Act, explicitly requiring law enforcement agencies to provide defendants the opportunity to find other pro bono attorneys to represent them if the initial appointee is not satisfactory.
In 2006, McComb backed the tripartite Government Oversight, Accountability, and Transparency Act (GOAT Act) which required government officials and agencies to disclose their spending expenditures through auditing including the Royal Monetary Authority and the Bureau of Taxation and Revenue.
76th, 77th, and 78th Parliaments (2008–16)[edit | edit source]
In the 2008 Sierran federal election, the Democratic-Republicans became the governing party in the House again under Steven Hong. Although the Democratic-Republicans made substantial gains in the House, McComb survived reelection in Central Greater Bernheim, defeating Democratic-Republican challenger Donny Ross by a landslide, and sworn-in to another term, vowing to continue serving his constituents in San Joaquin and the Kingdom.
In July 2011, McComb was appointed by his party to serve on the Committee of Judiciary as vice chairman, and oversaw the impeachment inquiries on Associate Justice Catherine Baker-Perry for disorderly conduct. McComb sided with Democratic-Republicans and other sympathetic Conservative coalitionists in dropping the inquiry proceedings against Justice Baker-Perry.
In March 2012, McComb voted against extending background checks on gun purchases, stating that current gun laws were already sufficient and would do little to prevent crime.
In June 2012, McComb delivered the keynote address to the Royalist Party National Convention and was praised for his performance and vision for the party. Within two months, Royalist Party leader Evan Hutchison announced his resignation, triggering the 2012 Royalist Party leadership election, which McComb ran for. He won election on October 16, 2012, becoming both the Royalist Party leader and the Leader of the Opposition.
Following Prime Minister's Steven Hong's 2013 State of the Union Address, McComb delivered his first official Royalist response, criticizing the Hong Ministry, particularly Hong's economic and foreign policies.
In 2014, McComb proposed a new tax plan that would have given tax cuts to middle-class and wealthy Sierrans, and introduced tax credits for families with young children, designed to be "pro-growth" and "stimulative". It also sought to restructure the Sierran welfare apparatus and to introduce stricter requirements for food stamp recipients through "workfare".
Committee assignments[edit | edit source]
During his tenure in the House, McComb served in the following committees and subcommittees:
- Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, Interior, Nutrition, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Justice
- Committee on the Budget (Ranking Member)
- Committee on Defense (Chairman)
- Subcommittee on Aviation and Aerial Operations
- Subcommittee on Ground and Tactical Forces
- Subcommittee on Logistics and Management
- Subcommittee on Personnel and Human Services (Chairman)
- Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Committee on Judiciary (Vice Chairman)
- Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights
- Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Property Rights
- Subcommittee on Crime, Criminal Rights, and Incarceration
- Subcommittee on Intellectual Rights and Internet Privacy
- Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and National Integrity
- Subcommittee on Law and Legal Policy (Chairman)
- Subcommittee on Terrorism
2016 federal election[edit | edit source]
Following the assassination of Steven Hong, McComb backed the House's call for new elections, citing national concern and dissatisfaction with the Democratic-Republican Party's handling of the Styxie conflict and ongoing problems with dissident republicanism. He and the Royalists successfully persuaded Acting Prime Minister Preston Bolivar and the Democratic-Republicans to hold a snap election on December 16, 2016.
In the 2016 Sierran federal election, the Royalists secured 45% of the national popular vote, and McComb became the first prime minister from San Joaquin who was a Royalist.
Prime Minister of Sierra[edit | edit source]
First 100 days[edit | edit source]
|Reference style||His Excellency|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Alternative style||Mr. Prime Minister, Sir|
|Office of the Prime Minister|
|December 16, 2016–October 3, 2017|
Following his election, McComb stated that he would continue working with all parties in the House to combat domestic terrorism and insurgency in the Styxie. He also emphasized his commitment to limited government, free enterprise, noninterventionism, and low taxation.
On December 21, 2016, McComb expressed his intention to withdraw Sierra from the Conference of American States, and outlined a plan promising for a referendum that would be held in 2018. He stated that although he was an Ameroskeptic, he was committed to pursuing a strong alliance with Sierra's neighbors.
During his first Prime Minister's Question sessions, he announced that he and the Royalist-dominated Parliament would commit to fulfilling the various campaign promises he made during his election including legislation on immigration, security, trade, and healthcare in his "Forwarding Freedom" plan. Within the first few days in office, McComb repealed a number of executive orders issued by his predecessors, Preston Bolivar and Steven Hong, most notably protective measures on immigrations. For the first time in nearly eleven years of recent Sierran legislative history, McComb signed a bill that placed restrictive measures on immigration into Sierra, as he backed the National Border Security and Integration Act of 2016. The Act increased funding for immigration law enforcement officials, and authorized unilateral deportations of non-citizens who committed a minor crime (but not misdemeanors) or worse within the Kingdom. On December 21, McComb signed the Conference of American States Membership Referendum Act of 2016 which established a nationwide referendum which was to be held some time in 2018 for voters to decide whether Sierra should remain a member of the Conference or not. On January 3, 2017, McComb announced that, based on concluded multi-partisan negotiations, the referendum would be held on January 9, 2018.
On January 12, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Pawnee, Inland Empire, which caused widespread, devastating damage across the Southland including the Greater Porciúncula Area. In the wake of the disaster, McComb activated a state of emergency and worked closely with top-level government agencies and local governments including the National Emergency and Risk Management Agency (NERMA) in delivering effective government response. He passed several executive orders that called for inquiries regarding future earthquake management and risk assessment, and a plan for better preparation. At the behest of Parliament, he streamlined the bipartisan National Disaster Relief and Recovery Act of 2017, which approved over $110 billion in reconstruction and improvements to infrastructure throughout the country, and included a moderate tax hike in income tax for upper-class citizens and the middle class to fund the programs, while lowering the general sales tax.
On January 30, McComb made his first state visit overseas, visiting Louisville in the United Commonwealth and New York City in the Northeast Union. He met international leaders and other dignitaries, reaffirming his commitment towards Sierra's Anglo-American allies, and stressed the importance of "containing" Mexico. He laid out the "Atlantic Initiative", reassuring the international community that Sierra would continue to oppose all forms of nuclear development in Mexico, and any attempts by the Mexican government to threaten Sierran sovereignty over the Baja California and the Yucatán peninsulas. In addition, McComb reiterated his commitment towards protecting Israel, and working with key partners in the Middle East in the "absolute and ineffable eradication" of ISIS.
In early February, McComb backed the University of Sierra's decision to increase tuition by $1,500 to meet with budget constraints caused by the January earthquake. His support received widespread backlash and calls for resignation by student protesters. He met fierce resistance in public campuses across the country who claimed McComb was a "fascist" and labeled his administration as anti-progressive. Although McComb later backtracked on his statements regarding the tuition hike, he continued supporting the hike, calling it a "modest" increase that would affect mainly higher-income families.
Political positions[edit | edit source]
In 2010, the Porciúncula Tribune described the political views of Daniel McComb as a Sierran nationalist with a center-right economic policy. During McComb's electoral campaign, he took a more hardline stance against immigration and voiced his support for protectionist policies, criticizing the Conference of American States for its free trade policies. His change in rhetoric and policies have led to speculation that McComb has alt-right sympathies. Unlike most of his contemporary predecessors, McComb openly expressed monarchist views, and vehemently opposed republicanism in Sierra. He cited his upbringing as a Sierran Jacobite in shaping these views.
Climate change, energy, and environment[edit | edit source]
McComb acknowledged that climate change is real and believed that part of it was man-made but believed that developing technology could help reduce "oil and carbon-based energy dependence". He opposed federal regulation of carbon emissions and was in favor of relegating this responsibility to the provinces and states. He and MP Daniel Laaksonen (DR) co-sponsored a bill to improve water management and quality in major cities, and approved the ongoing $70 billion Hetch Hetchy-Salinas-Salton Project, a nationwide aqueduct system that will allow Sierra to retain water during perennial precipitation in times of drought and prevent flooding during peak years.
Capital punishment[edit | edit source]
McComb initially supported capital punishment but later as Prime Minister stated that its use should remain limited to murder, rape, and treason, and that it should not be attached to any mandatory sentence. While he stated that the current favored method of lethal injection is "safe", he urged further research to ensure humane but just executions, and criticized the costs of housing death row inmates, decrying the "reckless administrative costs and bureaucracy".
Criminal justice[edit | edit source]
McComb called modern crime "a real problem that is very troubling" and believed it stems generally from "broken homes and families" in a speech directed to the 2012 Sierran Alliance of Conservative Advocates Summit, and favored "pro-family growth" plans to revitalize education and employment opportunities in urban communities. He supported reducing the number of mandatory minimum sentences and outlawing capital punishment for criminals convicted under 18. McComb favored sending those convicted of most "victimless crimes" to halfway houses instead and reducing or releasing those currently serving such crimes. McComb expressed his concern with the use of deadly force by police, calling the police as "too militarized", pointing to the policing culture in his home province, San Joaquin, particularly the city of Bernheim. Although he stated he was open to use of body cameras on police, he feared that it could easily be "abused and distorted" in addition to being "costly".
Drugs[edit | edit source]
While McComb stated he opposed the use of recreational marijuana, he supported the legalization of medicinal marijuana, stating that "growing scientific data suggests there may be some benefits", and also stated that he respected the policies of provinces and states that have decided on the matter. He has also called for reduced sentencing of those convicted of minor drug offenses.
Economic regulations[edit | edit source]
McComb believed that the government's role in the economy should be limited and stated "the current system is riddled with unnecessary regulations and bureaucracy". He backed regulations pertaining to consumer protections, antitrust laws, employment laws, and other "common sense" laws, but claimed that there were numerous of regulations which were "aversive and malicious" to small businesses and important industries that he sought to target. He frequently voted against laws which passed new regulations unless he thought that they would benefit "both the consumer and the producer", and has questioned the effectiveness of "over-regulating and babysitting Bunker Hill". He favored free market solutions, and advocated doing away with certain, "unnecessary" government agencies including the Ministry of Commerce and Labor, which he lambasted as "worth less than handful of gnats".
Education[edit | edit source]
McComb stated that his support for school choice, but proposed "fair subsidization" to match government funding of public schools to the tax credits and tuition provided towards alternative, non-public schools. He vowed to increase funding for education, declaring it, "the third rail I vow to never tamper with", and "quality and affordable education is essential for our nation's success". He supported the federal student aid and loans system, and promised to increase funding towards underperforming schools and colleges under his prime ministry. He opposed federal education and test standardization, and expressed his desire to limit the scope of the Ministry of Education.
Energy[edit | edit source]
Foreign policy and defense[edit | edit source]
In 2004, McComb supported Sierra's entry into the Iraq War in the post-invasion phase, and at the time, believed that it was necessary. Since then, during his 2016 election campaign, he stated that in retrospect, the war "caused more problems than good", and attributed the rise of ISIS to Western involvement in the Middle East. Nonetheless, he has stated that he would commit foot soldiers in the Middle East "if there is an internationally-led coalition and general consensus", and is open to the use of drones.
He stated that he was a staunch supporter of Israel, although he could "sympathize with the plight of the Palestinian people" and was open to a possible two-state policy.
Throughout his career, McComb expressed a belief in soft Ameroskepticism. He promised to allow Sierrans to decide on the Kingdom's membership in the Conference through a referendum, and pushed back against unionism. When he became prime minister, within his first 100 days, he pushed through the 2016 Conference of American States Membership Referendum Act which provided a timeframe and pathway for a referendum deciding Sierra's future status.
Outside Anglo-America, McComb supported stronger ties with the Trans-Pacific Allied Community, and stated that Sierra should "take the opportunity to enrich our role in the Asia-Pacific", although he criticized its free trade aspects, claiming "there is nothing free with free trade" and that "these agreements which masquerade as promising deals only wound up hurting Sierrans". He has also criticized China and its trade policy, calling for the Chinese government to address its practices, and to "level the playing field" in the international market.
On neighboring state Mexico, McComb continued his predecessor's hardline stances and policies against the regime. "Mexico continues to pose a significant threat to Sierra and the international community through its unchecked belligerence and unpredictable leadership." He has insisted on continued sanctions against the Mexican government, and has refused to reestablish diplomatic ties with Mexico (which were suspended in 2014 following the Baja California crisis) as prime minister.
Healthcare[edit | edit source]
Immigration[edit | edit source]
LGBT issues[edit | edit source]
In a 2001 interview with Newstar, McComb stated that he would favor introducing an anti-discrimination bill that protected LGBT individuals, and support any hate crime legislation on sexual orientation, race, gender, or ethnicity. McComb stated, "Look, everyone has to be treated equally--it's just common courtesy and a principle by which we must stand for. To hold prejudices against fellow Sierrans solely on the basis that they are gay is, quite frankly, not right and unjust." Despite these comments, McComb supported the 2010 Religious and Personal Conscience Freedom Act, which permitted any tax-exempt organizations to prohibit service to LGBT individuals on account of personal beliefs.
Although McComb stated he only believes in marriage between a man and a woman, he stated that marriage laws should be left up to the provinces and states, and opposes any federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. He supported civil unions as a viable alternative for provinces that outlaw same-sex marriages.
Reproductive rights[edit | edit source]
McComb described himself as pro-life and voted in 15 bills reducing funding to family-planning services during his tenure as a provincial lawmaker, and co-sponsored a failed amendment to declare an unborn child as constitutionally protected. He was not entirely opposed to all instances of abortion however, believing that "it may only be done in exceptional circumstances" by which he further elaborated were incest, rape, or life-threatening situations. He suggested that "contraceptives" were a better alternative for birth control although has voted against every bill on federal spending on distributing contraceptives.
Trade[edit | edit source]
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Daniel McComb was married to Tracy McComb (née McAlister), a childhood friend of his he grew up with in Escalon. When McComb returned to San Joaquin from Harvard in 1984, the two met again and rekindled their friendship, eventually dating and marrying that same year. The two have never raised children with their only unborn daughter dying in a miscarriage five months in while the McCombs were campaigning for McComb's bid for Plainsfield Supervisor. They posthumously named their daughter, Grace. The two were later divorced in 2017 following McComb's sexual abuse allegations that year.
McComb is a history enthusiast, having participated in various reenactments of famous Sierran Civil War battles, and is an honorary chairman of the Sierran Civil War Legacy Foundation, based in Bernheim. In addition, he has been known for his love for pork ribs, and once completed the "10-Plate Challenge" at a Freddy's BBQ Joint franchise in Oakalona in under 30 minutes while serving as Assembly Speaker. McComb has stated that he is an avid video game player, enjoying mobile games as well console ones, although admitted he played more often prior to the later years of his tenure in the House of Commons. He has also taken interest in drama, playing in the school theater troupe while he was in high school, and frequently attending showings and parties with Hollywood celebrities. He has made cameo appearances in several popular television series.
Feud with Carson Davis[edit | edit source]
In 2010, McComb was involved in a highly publicized feud with fellow San Joaquinian, the Bernheim Chief Alderman Carson Davis. Davis labeled McComb as a "traitor" for the latter's seeming indifference to the province's values of republicanism, and McComb's role in weakening the Democratic-Republican Party, while strengthening the Royalist Party. McComb fired back, dismissing Davis' comments, and ridiculed Davis' handling of Bernheim's public debt and financial issues. Eventually, both parties resolved their feud privately, with McComb claiming that Davis had apologized for his remarks and McComb likewise.
In 2013, Davis claimed that he and McComb's wife, Tracy, were romantically involved in high school and college, but Tracy left for McComb because of his wealth. McComb slammed Davis' accusations, calling it "juvenile and unprofessional". While Tracy admitted that she and Davis had in fact, dated, she did not cite McComb's wealth as one of the factors that led to her decision.
During McComb's 2016 prime ministerial campaign, on May 30, McComb attended a rally in Bernheim, and ridiculed Davis as "incompetent" and a "beneficiary of nepotism".
Religious views[edit | edit source]
Although McComb was raised Catholic, McComb is a self-professed Southern Baptist, stating that his faith as child was merely "cultural" by virtue of being in a Sierran Jacobite household, but that he "personally chose Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior" during his young adulthood after attending a religious revival event. He has stated that Sierra is grounded on "undeniable Judeo-Christian roots and heritage", and believes that "biblical values" are crucial and important to preserving the integrity of a society. McComb has aligned himself with the mainstream Sierran syncretic union between Confucianism and Protestantism of the Sierran Cultural Revolution.
Public image[edit | edit source]
Up until the sexual abuse allegations in 2017, McComb had one of the highest approval ratings among recent members of Parliament, and was often affectionately referred to as the "poster boy" of the pragmatic wing of the Royalist Party. When he initially entered into politics, McComb had earned his reputation as honest, trustworthy, and hardworking, having cultivated a successful career as an attorney and a military serviceman. As he ascended the political sphere of San Joaquin, he was well-noted for working across partisan lines, and shifting party loyalties to the Royalists in a traditionally Democratic-Republican heavy province.
Although McComb was respected for his diplomacy, charisma, and willingness to collaborate, McComb had attracted criticism and controversy over the years during his tenure. Critics, particularly those in the left as well as in the right, questioned his support for war against Iraq and Afghanistan. Others have accused McComb of leading a hypocritical career built on cutting wasteful spending, when he in fact, allowed many appropriation bills onto the floor pass while on the committee. He has also faced opposition from his own constituents, particularly the republicans who reject monarchism and view McComb's affiliation with the Royalist Party as treasonous. Privately, there were also concerns of his domineering, often bullying behavior in Porciúncula, which would later be attributed towards the claims of sexual abuse made in 2017. McComb has often been labeled as a target among some of the Styxie's republican paramilitary group including renegade United Farmers' Front chapters.
In 2011, allegations first disseminated on online forums charged McComb with extorting several Sierran corporate executives and parliamentary members into supporting San Joaquinan pet projects over others. He was also accused on the same count, of being connected to the 2009 murders of Porciúncula Tribune journalist Shana del Toro and former Santa Clara commoner Bryce Rowe, in which he had covered up by others, including his personal secretary. Although these allegations were deemed to be baseless and incendiary, McComb attended several parliamentary hearings in 2012 regarding these claims, and his approval ratings dipped below 60% briefly in light of the accusations.
During his 2016 prime ministerial run, McComb's hardline stances on immigration and national security merited controversy, especially due to certain comments on immigrants (particularly those of Middle Eastern and Hispanic descent). Accused of being an alt-right sympathizer due to his campaign rhetoric, and silence on the rise of the movement (such as the rise of Nemesis Heartwell, his protégé), McComb has been called a racist, misogynist, xenophobe, Islamophobe, homophobic, and transphobic by critics, to which McComb dismissed as "disgusting attempts to misconstrue and deceive people on my views". Supporters have asserted that although McComb promoted a nationalist campaign, he was "all-inclusive", in line with the engrained notions of multiculturalism and diversity within Sierran culture, and he was running with Leslie Steele, an African-Sierran woman, who had a long history in defending the rights of people of color. On McComb, Steele stated, "McComb has shown to me that he is a man of integrity and character, who is committed to racial and gender equality and justice, and is willing to lead a movement in bridging differences".
After allegations of sexual abuse surfaced in late 2017, public perception of McComb reached to an all-time low, with his approval ratings hovering around just 15%, the lowest in recent history. He became accused of being a sexual predator and a manipulator, which damaged his legacy gravely.
Sexual abuse allegations[edit | edit source]
In September 2017, the Porciúncula Times and Newstar reported several accusations made by both women and men of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape by McComb. The dates of alleged incidents ranged from 1986 (during his early career as an attorney) to 2015 (while he was still senator). The majority of claimants were former associates and staffers who had worked with Daniel McComb. Initially, the Getty House denied all of the allegations and dismissed them as "ludicrous distractions", while McComb himself stated that the media was "unfairly attempting to usurp me with fake news". On October 3, Grands Ballons Observer released a recording and accompanying article online about then-Senator McComb and political pundit James Gove, in a private conversation dated back in 2011. In the conversation, Gove asked McComb if he had any recent sexual encounters, to which McComb replied, "I took an aide back to the hotel, but not without a fight and a couple of drinks...I had to shut her up too you know." This recording provided credibility to alleged victims' claims made in the weeks prior as additional claims surfaced.
Following this publication and the new wave of allegations, House Democratic-Republicans called for a cross-bench vote with McComb's Royalists on a motion of no confidence and a formal investigation by the Senate of the allegations. McComb subsequently resigned, leaving his deputy, Leslie Steele, as the Acting Prime Minister. After Steele announced no plans to run or remain as prime minister, the Royalists called for a leadership election to choose the new leader of the party (and thus the new prime minister). Nemesis Heartwell, a fellow member of Parliament from McComb's home province of San Joaquin and his Minister of Finance, was elected and subsequently instated as his successor on October 18.
Following his resignation, he fell under formal investigation by the Senate and law enforcement authorities. He was arrested and formally charged by the Porciúncula Police Department on multiple counts of sexual misconduct, rape, and other criminal sexual acts on November 17, 2018. Three named women were listed as plaintiffs while an additional Jane Doe was included in the initial charges. The Porciúncula County District Attorney stated it planned to issue additional charges once it concluded preliminary investigations and interviews with the other alleged victims who have spoken out against McComb.
Mccomb was later released from jail after a $2.5 million bail was posted on his behalf the next day. McComb is required to wear an ankle monitor outside his private residence, with travel being restricted to the Greater Porciúncula Area. His lawyer Nadeem Yousef stated McComb planned to plead not guilty to all charges. During his indictment trial, McComb pled not guilty to all charges. He was later found guilty on one count of statutory rape and two counts of sexual assault on January 11, 2019 by the Superior Court of Marshall County in San Joaquin. He was sentenced to seven to fourteen years in prison on June 23, 2019. He was sent to Fisher Provincial Prison to serve his sentence. He is ineligible for parole until his seventh year of his sentence, after which he may petition for early release if he is found to be in good standing and behavior. Upon release, he will be required to publicly register as a sex offender for life.
Electoral history[edit | edit source]
|Plainsfield County's 4th Supervisory District election, 1986|
|Royalist gain from Democratic-Republican||Swing|
|San Joaquin's 5th Assembly District election, 1992|
Awards and honors[edit | edit source]
McComb holds honorary degrees at the University of Sierra, Bernheim (1996), his alma mater Harvard University (2001), Stanford University (2006), and the University of Channel Islands, Little Gibraltar (2010). He is also the official sponsor of several foundations and charities, the most notable among them being the Pacific Fund for Everyday Heroes, a network-based charity focused on financially helping caregivers and family members of the mentally disabled.
McComb has been inducted as a knight in the Royal Orders of the Rose of Sharon and the Navel, the Order of the Harmonious Kingdom, and received an award in the Northern Sierra Legal Justice and Defense Hall of Fame. He was nominated for person of the year in Newstar in 2015.
Following the allegations of sexual misconduct made against McComb in October 2017, many of McComb's awards and honorary degrees have been rescinded.
Ministry portfolio[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
- Politics of San Joaquin
- House of Commons of Sierra
- 2016 Sierran federal election
- Electoral history of Daniel McComb
| Prime Minister of Sierra
December 16, 2016–October 3, 2017
| Member of Parliament for Central Greater Bernheim
September 27, 2004 – October 13, 2017
| Leader of the Opposition
October 16, 2012 – December 16, 2016
| Speaker of the San Joaquin House of Assembly
March 14, 1998 – September 27, 2004
| Member of the San Joaquin House of Assembly for the 5th district
October 16, 1992 – September 27, 2004
|Party political offices|
| Leader of the Royalist Party
October 16, 2012 – October 13, 2017