Campaign to remove Newsom resurfaces

by ian

Conservatives in California are setting out to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom again. A citizen-led organization called Rescue California the same group that organized the previous recall election in 2021, has initiated the project.

The recall is largely based on Newsom’s recent economic decisions, which plummeted the state into a projected $73 billion deficit. 

But there is another underlying motivation for it as well. Conservatives fear the Democrat governor may want to replace Biden in the 2024 elections.

Rescue California Campaign Director Anne Dunsmore said in a statement, “Gavin Newsom has abandoned the state to advance his Presidential ambitions, leaving behind a $73 billion budget deficit and a public safety, immigration, and education crisis.” She added that over 400 California residents, across the political spectrum, “have joined together to serve as official proponents of this Recall.”

It’s worth mentioning that in 2021 about 5 million California residents voted to remove Newsom from office. But the recall was unsuccessful in part due to a lack of funding. Newsom and his proponents spent $75 million on his counter-campaign.

Newsom and his supporters dismissed the current recall, calling it a waste of time for Trump supporters. 

He wrote on X, “Trump Republicans are launching another wasteful recall campaign to distract us from the existential fight for democracy and reproductive freedom. We will defeat them.”

Democrat Sen. Alex Padilla of California also came to Newsom’s defense. He accused Trump supporters of “playing political games,” writing on X, “With CA leading the fight on everything from climate action to abortion access, and even the future of our democracy, Governor Newsom won’t be distracted by partisan attacks.”

According to California state law, the recall needs 1.3 million verified signatures by May to qualify for the ballot in November.

At the same time, the progressive governor is dismissing speculation that he has any presidential ambitions. Instead, he’s been praising Biden for his accomplishments, going as far as to say that the president’s age has been an asset in his leadership.

But when NBC reporter Kristen Welker asked Newsom if he would consider running for president, given the Democrat demand for an alternative to Biden, Newsom went to great lengths to avoid answering the question. He called the rumors simply a distraction from the Republican side.