There has long been talk of efforts to remove California Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, but the idea seemed like a faint dream for angry Californians who have grown sick of how the governor manages what was once one of the most prosperous states in the nation.
However, in recent months that dream has turned into a very real possibility. A recall petition that would move the issue to a statewide vote has rapidly gained support across the state, garnering some 1.2 million out of the 1.5 million required signatures to put it on the ballot — with plenty of time to spare, the Daily Wire reported.
If successful, the recall effort would mark the second time in 17 years that California residents decided to throw out their governor.
What needs to happen?
Mounting a successful gubernatorial recall effort is a time-consuming, monumental task, but it can be done with proper determination and a high number of valid signatures from residents of the state.
The “Recall Gavin Newsom” campaign is gaining momentum by the day, as they’re pushing to acquire the 1.5 million signatures required to make Newsom’s recall a statewide vote.
The campaign nearly ran out of steam late last year but was saved by a judge who ruled that COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions hampered efforts by the group to collect signatures. The efforts would have expired last November, but thanks to the last-minute ruling, the petition was granted a new deadline of March 17.
While the group is currently only 300,000 signatures short of their goal, organizers are pushing for a total of two million signatures to account for the inevitability that a percentage of the signatures will be invalidated.
The governor’s complete mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis may ultimately be his undoing, as the frustration among the state’s residents has clearly crossed party lines, especially with regard to Newsom’s strict lockdown efforts that have resulted in the closure of thousands of businesses, leaving struggling families hung out to dry.
That’s not to mention the embarrassing debacle he had to explain late last year after he was caught eating with a large group at one of the most decadent restaurants in the country, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“I made a bad mistake,” the governor said at the time. “I should have stood up and … drove back to my house. The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted. I need to preach and practice, not just preach.”
Newsom’s lockdowns and restrictions took a heavy toll on the booming California winery industry, but his own Napa Valley-based winery was coincidentally exempt from such extreme measures.
Combining his COVID-19 response with other hot-button issues, like the failing state of California’s power grid and an extreme breakout of wildfires that resulted in dozens of deaths and billions of dollars in destruction, Newsom has most certainly not had a good year and his time remaining in office appears to be on the clock.