You know you’re a terrible Governor when two different groups are running recall efforts against you.
Newsom, of course, tries to minimize us by claiming he hasn’t “had a chance to pay much attention to it.”
Walt Gray from ABC10 in Sacramento ran an online poll last Friday where the results were overwhelmingly in favor of the recall.
Here’s his latest commentary on the issue:
Here’s the latest report from KCRA 3 in Sacramento regarding the recall effort:
2 groups aim to recall Newsom: Here’s what you need to know
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — He was elected overwhelmingly by California voters less than a year ago, but now activists are trying to throw Gov. Gavin Newsom out of office.
Two groups are gathering signatures to recall Newsom, one of which held an event Saturday to gather signatures.
Here are three things to know about the recall efforts:
1) Where’s the beef?
At the State Capitol on Monday, Orrin Heatlie was putting up a banner to send Newsom a message that he is not welcome there.
“California is in desperate need of a course correction,” said Heatlie, one of the recall leaders.
Heatlie, a retired sheriff’s deputy from Yolo County, is trying to remove Newsom from office, blaming him for restricting gun owners’ rights and overturning the death penalty.
“The people voted for the death penalty to be maintained and streamlined,” Heatlie said. “That was the will of the people — and he came in and unilaterally overrode that.”
Over the weekend, recall advocates gathered signatures at the State Capitol to oust Newsom from office.
The governor is facing a second challenge from La Jolla doctor James Veltmeyer, who is an immigrant from El Salvador. He blames Newsom for making California a sanctuary state.
“This is an outrage,” Veltmeyer said. “California has become unlivable. It’s become a third world country, a country that I came from, you know, escaping socialism.”
Veltmeyer also criticized Newsom for California’s high taxes, even with a multibillion dollar surplus.
“I have decided to take a stand,” Veltmeyer said. “And the first order of business is removing the governor who is a political extremist of the worst order.”
2) What’s Newsom’s reaction to the recall effort?
Newsom was elected governor in a landslide last year with 62% of the vote. He doesn’t appear to be worried about the recall effort, which KCRA 3 asked him about directly.
“Honestly, I haven’t had a chance to pay much attention to it,” Newsom said. “I’m focused on, I think, 247 bills that are still on our desk. We’ve got until Sunday to get those done.”
3) How likely is the recall to actually happen?
Recalling a governor isn’t easy.
“In California, since the recall got put into place back in 1911, there have been 49 efforts to recall a governor,” said KCRA 3 political analyst Kevin Riggs. “Of that number, only one actually qualified and succeeded — and that was the only against Gray Davis back in 2003.”
That recall propelled Arnold Schwarzenegger into the governor’s office, but it was fueled by voter backlash against Davis’s tripling of the car tax. In Newsom’s case, it’s much more of an uphill fight.
“You have to have a cause that is really going to catch fire with grassroots support,” Riggs said. “And, you also have to have a lot of money in a state like California.”
“I can tell you this, it would take many, many millions of dollars to wage a successful campaign,” Riggs added.
To qualify the recall effort for the 2020 ballot, petitioners must collect 1,495,709 valid signatures, which is equivalent to 12% of the 12,464,235 votes cast in the last election for governor.