Gavin Newsom Faces Another Potential Recall Effort

( – California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is often viewed as the heir apparent to President Joe Biden. The Democrat is a vocal supporter of the 46th POTUS. He even went as far as to debate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) on national television, in what some believe might have been a preview of the 2028 election.

Before the governor can run in 2028, however, he has to make it through his term. California Republicans are launching another effort to recall him.

Round 7?

On February 26, activists with Rescue California informed POLITICO that it was launching another recall effort against Newsom. The governor beat an effort to recall him in 2021 and had faced at least five other efforts that failed to get off the ground. The latest effort would be the seventh time Conservatives have tried to kick the Democrat out of office.

The organization contended the governor is too busy worrying about national politics to take care of the state. The activists point out there’s a budget deficit that he must fix. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office reportedly projected the state was facing a $73 billion deficit.

Rescue California Director Anne Dunsmore accused the governor of abandoning “the state to advance his presidential ambitions,” and in doing so, he left the deficit and other crises. She explained they believe California residents deserve someone “fully focused on the serious problems the state and its citizens are facing.” She believes the recall effort could be the last time Conservatives can “rescue and restore” it while letting the rest of the country know about the “destruction” the governor has left.

The director said the recall effort was the result of the governor’s policies, such as granting healthcare benefits to undocumented immigrants, changes to the criminal justice system, spending billions on homelessness, the pandemic closures, and other issues.

Newsom’s Team Responds

Newsom’s spokesperson, Nathan Click, said the governor and his team are taking the recall effort seriously. He explained that the Republicans who support former President Donald Trump are “targeting” the governor because he’s “defending democracy and fighting for the reelection” of the president and vice president.

Click claimed the governor won’t be “distracted” from his fight for democracy.

The governor used the recall efforts in 2021 and 2022 to build a massive fundraising operation. So, while the movement would be a headache, it could also help his political ambitions. In order for the group to get the recall on the ballot, they will need to get signatures equal to 12% of the turnout of the last gubernatorial election, which would be about 1.6 million to account for the ones deemed invalid.

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