California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is close to being fired by residents of the Golden State for his mismanagement of the state’s economic, humanitarian, and public health crises. The RecallGavin2020 petition has collected 1.2 million of the 1.5 million signatures needed by March 17 to trigger a special recall election.
Starting his third year as governor, Newsom has presided over a steep decline in the formerly golden state. Under his watch, homelessness has grown worse and the housing crisis hasn’t improved. Though he inherited some problems from 8 years of Jerry Brown’s (D) leadership, Newsom’s own actions have worsened the misery in California.
Newsom signed the job-destroying bill AB-5 into law in 2019, which devastated the independent contractor industry just to satisfy unions. Thousands of independent contractors, from journalists to translators to graphic artists, lost their jobs.
AB-5 took effect in January 2020 — and then COVID-19 hit. Newsom was the first governor in the nation to lock down his state and shutter “non-essential” businesses, which over the last 10 months has proven deadly to thousands of small businesses across the state, and put millions out of work.
To top it all off, Newsom made an eerily similar misstep to the one former California Governor Gray Davis made to trigger a recall vote just months after taking office in 2003: Allowing the state’s electrical grid crisis to trigger blackouts across the state, infuriating residents of all political stripes.
Many Californians, seeing the stranglehold the Democrats have on California, have given up on their state and moved to states that are more hospitable to humans and their businesses like Tennessee, Idaho, and Texas.
Californians that don’t want to leave are signing the recall petition by the hundreds of thousands. 1.5 million valid signatures are needed to force the recall vote, and about 1.2 million have been collected. The Secretary of State has validated over 800,000 signatures. Newsom and his allies, including the Los Angeles Times, are beginning to worry that the recall will happen.
The Los Angeles Times, in an attempt to aid Newsom, ran a hit piece on the non-partisan RecallGavin2020 campaign to smear the organizers. They tried to tie the campaign to QAnon and the Proud Boys, which are tantamount to the KKK in Democrat’s opinions. The Times “reported:”
A Times investigation found that recall campaign leaders, seeking to capitalize on the darkening public mood, allied with radical and extreme elements early on to help collect signatures. Those included groups promoting distrust of government, science and medicine; peddlers of QAnon doomsday conspiracies; ‘patriots’ readying for battle and one organization allied with the far-right extremist group, the Proud Boys.
California Democrat Party Chairman Rusty Hicks did his part to de-legitimize RecallGavin 2020, saying: “This recall effort, which really ought to be called the California coup, is led by right-wing conspiracy theorists, white nationalists, anti-vaxxers and groups who encourage violence on our democratic institutions.”
Recall organizer and senior adviser Randy Economy sent the California Globe a statement in response to the smear effort of The Times and the Democrat Party, which reads in part:
Californians from all walks of life have signed the petition for personal reasons of their own, which have nothing to do with the personal beliefs of any individual member. This movement is about bad policies and fixing a broken system, not individual personalities. When successful, the recall will trigger a special election later this Summer and Californians will have an opportunity to choose a new Governor.
RecallGavin2020.com is a peaceful, nonpartisan movement and has many active volunteers. Everyone involved is entitled to their own personal opinions, that is what a Democracy is all about. We decry all aspects of racism and hate. We denounce any individual or group who engages in acts of violence, vandalism, or make threats on any level.