According to the Washington Examiner, a petition to recall Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom has just collected 1.2 million signatures. In order for the recall effort to succeed, the petition needs to reach 1.5 million signatures by its March 17 deadline.
At this rate, therefore, it seems likely that the recall effort will succeed.
The recall effort, spearheaded by a group called Rescue California, started in response to widespread outrage over not only Newsom’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in his state but also over what many say is his flagrant hypocrisy.
Newsom has infamously issued orders demanding that Californians not gather in large numbers for things like church services or Thanksgiving dinners. His Thanksgiving guidelines in particular were hilariously specific, demanding that people not sing during Thanksgiving dinner and that they wear masks “in between bites” while eating.
However, shortly after promulgating these orders, photos emerged of Newsom having dinner with lobbyists and other friends at the expensive French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, Calif. No one in the photos was wearing masks.
Newsom has also ordered that public schools in California remain closed but has sent his own children to exclusive private schools for in-person learning. His orders also allowed a winery that he owns in Madera County to remain open while other wineries are required to close. Newsom continues to earn an income from that winery.
In one recent viral video, a woman from California was seen lamenting the fact that Newsom had forced her restaurant to close amid COVID-19 but that another company that had donated money to Newsom’s campaign was allowed to keep its restaurant facilities open.
It also seems that as much as $31 billion that the state had set aside in unemployment relief money has gone to people who don’t even live in California and to other fraudsters.
The blatant hypocrisy and mismanagement have millions of Californians furious.
Rescue California has now raised $1.7 million and has nearly all of the signatures it needs to recall Newsom. The group aims to gather 2 million signatures rather than the required 1.5 million. The California secretary of state has claimed that only 84% of these signatures appear to be valid.
On Monday, January 25, Newsom finally decided to lift his burdensome, statewide stay-at-home order. Newsom denies that he is bowing to political pressure brought on him by the recall effort, but many are skeptical.
It remains to be seen how this saga will end.