The Voice of The People and Newsom's Recall

By Ethan Hay

As of March 3rd, 2021, and according to the official recall organization, there were 1,927,000 signatures on a petition to recall California’s current Governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom. If the recall is successful, which is almost a certainty at this point, and an election occurs, Newsom would be making history by being the fourth governor in America who has been successfully subjected to a recall election, one of which happened in California in 2003, resulting in the then governor, Democrat Gray Davis, to be replaced by actor and Republican nominee Arnold Schwarzenegger. The first ever recall of a governor of a state took place in 1921, in North Dakota, resulting in the removal of Republican/Non-partisan league nominee Lynn Frazier, being replaced by Republican/Independent Voter association candidate, Ragnvald Nestos. The most recent recall attempt of a governor took place in 2012, in the state of Wisconsin, as far left groups unsuccessfully sought to remove then governor, Republican Scott Walker, due to his ban of collective bargaining and making Wisconsin a right to work state. Governor Walker managed to stave off the challenge and stay in office.

 Recalls were made legal for local and state officials in California in 1911, and in order for a recall of a statewide official, a petition must be signed by a minimum of twelve percent of the last vote in the previous election. The last election for California’s governor took place in 2018, of which 12,464,235 million citizens voted in, so in order for there to be a recall in 2021 the minimum requirement for signatures would have to be more than 1,495,708. The Recall Newsom movement has surpassed that goal before the March 10th, extended deadline that was given to them.

Governor, Gavin Newsom, was swept into office in 2018 winning in a landslide over his Republican opponent, John Cox. Every day since his election has been one misstep, after another, whether it was the state being lit aflame by fires that could have been prevented by controlled burns, the phasing out of gas consuming cars by 2035, and the general mismanagement of the budget, to name a few, A FEW, of the reasons as to why there is a recall attempt. And all of these are valid reasons, but one of the largest reasons for the recall, is the utter disaster that has resulted due to his management of the COVID-19 crisis, by enforcing strict lockdowns, thus further devastating the economy, and sadly the lockdowns have not appeared to have done anything to stop the number of deaths in the state which is the highest in the country, 53,586 according to the New York Times. Further adding salt to the wound, and probably aiding the recall effort is the blatant hypocrisy of the man who refuses to allow the normal businesses to open, but he himself is able to go to a high class restaurant called the French Laundry, eating indoors, surrounded by people, and not wearing a mask.

As of today, there are already two serious candidates running for the Governorship, one of which is the 2018 Republican nominee John Cox, and the other is former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and it appears as if both of them are already going to get vicious with one another. There are also rumors of Ric Grenell, former ambassador to Germany, acting Director of National Intelligence, and Special Presidential Envoy for Serbia and Kosovo, who would more than likely get the endorsement of former President Donald J. Trump, potentially running for Governor. The question that needs to be asked is, can a Republican win statewide office in California? Despite the big name endorsements of the recall effort from the likes of Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, and even a $250,000 dollar donation from the Republican National Committee, it still might not be enough to break the stranglehold of the California Democratic party, which controls thirty of the forty seats in the state senate, fifty-nine of the eighty state assembly seats, all statewide offices, Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, etcetera, both US Senate seats, and forty-two of the fifty three seats in the United States House of Representatives, and while Newsom’s approval ratings are tanking, making him vulnerable, the chances of him actually losing are slim, but if the California GOP can organize effectively, while staying on message, then they might be able to remove him from office.

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