California Governor Gavin Newsom is worried — he’s kicked the hornet’s nest a little too hard. Signatures to recall the Gavinator are piling up, and Newsom’s cronies are worried this latest attempt to remove him might work.
Newsom’s own Chief of Staff, Ann O’Leary, warned: “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.”
Newsom’s troubles often make national news. As someone aptly pointed out, not all of California’s problems can be blamed on Newsom, but he is exacerbating his inherited problems and creating some of his own. Even before the coronavirus epidemic hit, Newsom was mismanaging California’s electricity problems, including power shutoffs in the name of safety. He is also handling California’s annual inferno in the form of wildfires.
The coronavirus lockdowns were initiated and perpetuated by Newsom in the same hypocritical way he behaves. Churches were not allowed to meet, but BLM and Antifa were allowed to “protest.” “Essential” businesses like Walmart and Home Depot could stay open while “non-essential” businesses on Main Street could not. After all the draconian measures, California is enduring one of the worst COVID outbreaks.
Newsom’s Employment Development Department sent millions of dollars to prisoners while failing to get unemployment checks to the folks that were forbidden to work. Even before COVID-19 related demands for prisoner releases, Newsom released thousands of “non-violent” prisoners to ease prison populations, putting the safety of law-abiding Californians at risk.
Though not created by Newsom, California’s homeless problem has worsened during his tenure, ruining tourist-attracting cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. And the list of malfeasance goes on and on.
Even in the face of the long list of misdeeds by Newsom, the final straw seems to be Newsom’s hypocritical visit to an expensive French restaurant where he sat inside, at a table with 11 other people, without a mask. The damning video was released for all the world to see that Gavin Newsom didn’t really believe anything he said, and it was all just a sham, and now Californians want to be rid of the charlatan.
California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, a strong advocate for the recall effort, explained why the recall might succeed: “Californians sense the American dream is dead here. In a new poll by the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California, nearly two thirds of Californians say kids growing up in the state today will be worse off than their parents. And recently released data shows California just had its worst population growth in a century, as we lost 135,600 people to other states over the last year.”
The effort to Recall Newsom has 800,000 signatures of the almost 1.5 million needed. According to SF Gate, “Organizers have until March 17 to gather 1,495,709 valid voter signatures to force a recall election.