Petition to Recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom Draws 1 Million Signatures

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California governor Gavin Newsom waits to speak at a news conference in San Diego, Calif., October 9, 2019. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

The latest effort to recall California governor Gavin Newsom has gained more than 1 million signatures, with nine weeks left to collect the additional 500,000 that would enable the measure to be placed on the ballot.

Should the recall effort receive 1.5 million total signatures by mid-March, a mid-year election would take place.

“The people are being heard loud and clear, and it is not a matter of IF we are going to reach our goal necessary that will trigger a recall election of Newsom, it is just when we cross the finish line,” Orrin Heatlie, the Lead Proponent of the official RecallGavin2020.com, said in a statement.

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A senior adviser to the recall campaign, Randy Economy, previously told Fox News that it hoped to meet the benchmark required to place the measure on the ballot by mid-to late-January.

He told the outlet the effort is nonpartisan, with supporters of both Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and President Trump backing the cause.

While recall initiatives in the Golden State seldom make it onto the ballot, Newsom’s public image has been marred recently by a series of controversies, including his attendance at a mask-less, not-socially-distanced indoor dinner party late last year even as he enacted strict coronavirus restrictions in the state.

Economy said a number of the movement’s supporters believe the governor has mismanaged the state’s coronavirus response, particularly as it relates to small businesses.

Many small business owners in the state have lost their livelihoods while big-box stores have been allowed to remain open, he said. 

Newsom “put corporate interests before the people of California,” Economy said.

In 2003, Gray Davis became the first governor to be recalled in the U.S. since 1921. The vacancy was ultimately filled by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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10 Comments

      1. No. The People of California did it. They did so when they hired him. And the harm will keep rolling along as long as they are stupid enough to keep hiring politicians just like him.

  1. Funny, now that the recall has a big turnout, Gov. Newsome has an excess of tax money that will have to be refunded to the people. It’s not too big, but everyone will probably get enough to buy a soda (that’s Coke, Pepsi, Tonic or Pop-depending where you live)

  2. I am from California, I will never return. Newsom is all about power and control. The people of California continue to vote people into office like Newsom. Until they vote smarter, nothing will change.

  3. Trump should help help them succeed in ridding California of this asshole from office and help them get the 500,000 votes needed, then run for Governor that would piss off the communist Peolsi family that runs the state and should he decide a 2004 president he’s got the bulk of the electoral votes after he cleans out the crap. Sounds good on paper anyhow lol

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