A group of California residents is making a strong push to have Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) recalled, the Associated Press reports.
In order for the effort to succeed, the organizers of the recall will need to collect 1,495,709 signatures, although they are aiming for a 500,000 surplus. Currently, they appear to have 800,000 signatures.
“State records show just under 300,000 signatures have been filed, though Economy said another 500,000 are in the pipeline with county election officials,” the Associated Press reports.
The organizers have been collecting signatures since June, and they will have until March 17, 2021, to hit the threshold, Breitbart reports.
The list of grievances
The impetus for the recall, by and large, is Newsom’s management – or mismanagement – of California’s coronavirus response.
Many California residents are not happy, in particular, with Newsom’s overbearing executive orders. His lockdowns, as the Associated Press reports, “cost the state millions of jobs, cored government budgets, and upended life for nearly 40 million residents.”
What has further annoyed California residents is that Newsom has not followed his own orders. Just last month, Newsom was caught attending a swanky dinner party at a restaurant in Napa County where there was neither mask-wearing nor social distancing.
The Associated Press reports that, according to a “senior adviser to the recall effort . . . there was a surge of several hundred thousand petition signatures after Newsom’s restaurant debacle last month.”
Concerns are growing
According to Politico, Newsom is worried about the recall. “Sources close to Newsom said the governor’s office has been disorganized over the past month and has not responded effectively to damaging headlines,” the outlet reports.
The outlet further reported: “As Newsom begins his third full year in office, the governor’s team is increasingly concerned with a long-shot conservative recall that could mushroom into a major threat in 2021 if it attracts significant financial support.”
As the Associated Press points out, recalling Newsom is not going to be easy, even if the organizers do get the required number of signatures. That’s because Newsom will have all kinds of resources at his disposal to help fend off challengers.
But, as the outlet reports, this is one of the strongest gubernatorial recall efforts since 2003, when Gray Davis was recalled. And, even if Newsom is not recalled, the recall effort could hurt his future political ambitions.