Recall Gavin Newsom effort receives ‘between 828,000 and 840,000 signatures as of Monday’
by Jon Fleetwood | December 14, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has watched his state lose millions of jobs, a ballooning homeless crisis, and deadly wildfires during his office tenure.
Now there is growing public angst over subsequent health orders that have shuttered schools and businesses and a massive unemployment benefits fraud scandal,” reports The Associated Press. “[W]hile a public shaming continues for his ill-advised dinner at the French Laundry in Napa Valley, an establishment that features a white truffle and caviar dinner for $1,200 per person.”
Photographs show Gov. Newsom at the restaurant without a mask, though at the same time he asked Californians not to socialize or to do so without wearing a mask.
1.5 million petition signatures are needed by March in order to place the measure on the ballot and spark a mid-year election.
Randy Economy, the senior advisor behind the recall effort, believes that threshold will be reached in time to place the measure on the ballot by mid- to late-January, according to Fox.
“It has resonated. It’s about the arrogance of power,” said Economy. “[Newsom] put corporate interests before the people of California.”
Economy also boasted of the nonpartisan nature of the “grassroots” effort to recall the governor, which includes devotees of both Sen. Bernie Sanders as well as President Donald Trump.
Californians will remember the 2003 recall of Gray Davis, the first governor recalled in the US since 1921. Voters had over 130 candidates to choose from, including Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and child actor Gary Coleman, but ultimately replaced Davis with former bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Meanwhile, Newsom has hired renowned PR professional Jim DeBoo and former Warner Bros. exec and Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers to advise his own campaign.
AP notes that a Republican “hasn’t won a statewide race in California in 14 years, and there is no Hollywood superstar emerging as a potential candidate.”
Garry South was Davis’ chief political adviser. “He’s got a plate of Biblical plagues staring him in the face,” said South referring to Newsom. But Newsom still stands a better chance than any Republican option. “[T]he Republicans are in a far weaker position.”
However, the recall campaign has received accolades from former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is a potential Republican option. The San Diego Union-Tribune calls a Faulconer’s run for governor “likely” and a “test of [California’s] political temperature.”
“One-party rule has not served the state well in the last few years,” says Faulconer, who says he’s “very seriously thinking about running.”
“It’s time for a competition of ideas, and we’re not getting that in California.”
Faulconer is not an orthodox Republican, however, supporting abortion rights, same-sex marriage, tough gun control, and citizenship for illegal aliens.
Economy says his recall group “had between 828,000 and 840,000 signatures as of Monday,” according to Fox.
“Economy said the campaign hopes to reach the threshold required to have the measure placed on the ballot by mid- to late-January.”