Recall Effort has Newsom Worried
There’s a brewing recall effort aimed at California Gov. Gavin Newsom. And Newsom’s people are now, officially, worried that with a little push, this effort just might make the ballot:
“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.”
The report also states, “Sources close to Newsom said the governor’s office has been disorganized over the past month and has not responded effectively to damaging headlines” including his French Laundry trip, controversial new stay-at-home order and delay in naming Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ replacement in the United States Senate. In addition, most of the state’s public schools remain closed while they are open in other deep blue states such as New York and Massachusetts, and small business owners were particularly irate over the lack of evidence presented to support certain business closures.
Recalling any elected official is no easy task. It’s particularly hard – though not impossible – in a big state like California:
Organizers have until March 17 to gather 1,495,709 valid voter signatures to force a recall election. They say they already have 800,000 but will need a large infusion of cash to get the last 500,000.
“They need an outsider to write a big check the way that Darrell Issa funded the Gray Davis recall in 2003,” the Hoover Institution’s Bill Whalen told Matier.
Davis was recalled in 2003, less than a year after winning re-election. According to Ballotpedia, it was the first successful recall of a California governor and only the second time any U.S. governor had been recalled.