Effort to Recall Newsom Gaining Momentum
The movement to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom is gaining momentum with just seven weeks until the signature deadline. A group of Newsom detractors is working to obtain the necessary signatures needed to force the recall.
Details of Recall Effort
The deadline to obtain the 1.5 million necessary signatures is March 17. As of now, the group has 1.2 million signatures on file, putting them at roughly 80% of the amount needed to move forward with the recall plans. According to California rules, the 1.5 million signatures must be obtained by the March 17 deadline in order for the group to push through with the official recall vote.
The group has a goal of collecting two million signatures prior to the deadline. If the recall happens, the vote to oust Newsom will not happen until later this year.
One of the influential people involved in the recall effort is Republican John Cox. Cox lost to Newsom in 2018 and is currently exploring a potential run at the governorship again in 2022.
Why the Recall?
Leaders of the recall efforts cite the governor’s poor handling of the COVID-19 crisis as the main impetus behind the movement. Cox said that the state’s residents are frustrated that Newsom continues to enforce the closure of business and various stay at home orders while other states are back open for business.
Former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle said that the committee to recall Newsom is a bipartisan effort made up of people who are frustrated with the lack of leadership during the pandemic. Even with the lockdowns expiring on Jan. 25, residents of the Golden State are growing increasingly frustrated with Newsom’s arbitrary rules regarding the crisis.