California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, one of the most progressive state leaders in American history, could see his reign over the Golden State come to an end if a group of conservatives get their way.
At the time of writing, the effort to force a special election and remove the well-known Democrat is facing an uphill battle. Petitions to remove sitting governors are rarely successful, although there is historical precedent to support it in that very state. In 2003, then Democratic Governor Gray Davis was removed using this very tactic, leading to him being replaced by Republican and longtime Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, the San Francisco Chronicle notes California has become notably more liberal since that time.
A petition on Change.org currently has just over 166,000 signatures, which can be signed by anyone. In California, the petition effort is lead by Erin Cruz and James Veltmeyer, each of whom had their petitions to bounce the sitting governor in September. They have until late February and early March to collect the nearly 1.5 million required signatures.
As required by law, the progressive governor responded to the petition demanding his removal from office.
“A handful of partisan activists supporting President Trump and his dangerous agenda to divide America are trying to overturn the definitive will of California voters,” Newsom said. “The last thing California needs is another wasteful special election, supported by those who demonize California’s people and attack California’s values.”
Obviously, conservative Californians take serious issue with Gov. Newsom’s enthusiastic support for gun control, which is among the most severe in the entire country. They also oppose his lax support for progressive economic programs, additional state taxes, and refusal to work with federal authorities to defend the country’s borders.
At this point, the recall looks like a long shot — but that may not be the case. Here’s the Daily Shooter with more information.