California Governor Newsom Risks Getting the Boot in State Recall
California Governor Gavin Newsom received praise from his Democrat constituents earlier this year for his bold lockdowns, now he's paying a price as he faces ejection from his post.
California Governor Gavin Newsom received praise from his Democrat constituents earlier this year for his bold lockdowns, now he’s paying a price as he faces ejection from his post.
Newsom is staring down the barrel of a recall effort led by his own state citizens – an effort that is recently gaining momentum.
The recall petition has already gained over half the 1.5 million signatures required to trigger a special gubernatorial election, according to their website. The campaign has until March to garner the rest of the signatures.
The petition website reads:
Newsom aggressively kicked off the California’s pandemic response last spring having issued the nation’s first statewide stay-at-home order.
However, state residents have grown weary of the strict measures while increasing disdain for Newsom has escalated in recent weeks following his apparent disregard for the restrictions he established.
Newsom’s public perception dropped precipitously after a photograph surfaced of the governor casually attending a birthday celebration at the prestigious French Laundry restaurant while ignoring his mask, social distancing guidelines, and indoor dining restrictions that he touted.
The California governor apologized publically for having attended the event, but his words have done little to assuage growing resentment.
“I made a bad mistake,” Newsom said in November. “The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted.”
Governor recalls are not new to Californians. In 2003, the Democrat Governor Gray Davis was removed from office and subsequently replaced by Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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