For months now, California’s governor Gavin Newsom has faced the looming recall efforts against him.
They started small with just a small fraction of conservative support, but now the recall has gained major steam and even has some Democrats supporting it.
Well now the day has finally come and there’s officially enough signatures gathered to take a vote on recalling Newsome.
Those signatures have to be officially verified so organizers are hoping to get 2 million signatures by mid-March so they have extras
— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) February 11, 2021
And in case you’re wondering, Gavin has definitely gotten the message as he was heckled with chants of “recall Newsom” during his latest press conference.
Newsom’s press conference was interrupted today by protesters chanting “recall Newsom” pic.twitter.com/elE1jMVpWD
— Art TakingBack (@ArtValley_818) February 11, 2021
This has gotta be so humiliating for Newsom.
Especially when it’s your own party stabbing you in the back.
As of Monday, nearly 10% of petitions had been submitted by registered Democrats, with almost one-quarter presented by voters unaffiliated with any political party and 66.5% coming from Republicans. Recall organizers said that petitions are netting a healthy 85% validation rate, putting them on track to turn in, as early as March 1, plenty more than the 1.5 million signatures needed to force Newsom to fight for his job in a special election this year.
“We’re seeing signatures coming in from independents and Democrats that we weren’t seeing months earlier,” said Dave Gilliard, who is among Republican strategists running the petition drive. This is not Gilliard’s first California recall. In 2003, he managed signature-gathering that triggered the special election that cut short Gov. Gray Davis’s second term. Voters replaced the Democrat with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, a popular Hollywood star who went on to serve more than seven years as governor.
In 2003, Davis was bedeviled by an electricity crisis that caused rolling blackouts and left California’s major power suppliers bankrupt or teetering on insolvency. Eighteen years later, Newsom, 53, is in danger of being undone in his first term by an array of problems stemming from a raging, year-old pandemic.
It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Highly doubt that Newsom will take this effort lying down and he’s probably got something hidden up his sleeve to try and get out of this mess.
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