Samuel Case, FISM News
With California facing one of the country’s strictest lockdowns, increasingly intense wildfires, rolling blackouts, and an ever-growing homeless population, the people of the state are considering a change in leadership. Though spurned on by the pandemic, the recall rally against governor Gavin Newsom began in February 2020 before COVID-19 had a significant presence in the United States.
On Monday, over 1.6 million signatures were validated to recall the sitting governor, surpassing the 1,495,709 required to trigger the process. The state has yet to officially approve the recall. On April 29th a final report will be issued on the signatures.
Following the report, Californians have 30-business days to change their minds and remove their signatures. Finally, after the Department of Finance determines election costs and the Secretary of State certifies the recall, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis will choose an election day.
Several Republican challengers have stepped forward to replace Newsom, including former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, former U.S. Representative Doug Ose, businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom in 2018, and former Olympic star turned transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner).
— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) April 26, 2021
Newsom’s camp was quick to dismiss the recall as a partisan power grab. His campaign spokesman, Dan Newman, said, “We always knew the Republican recall would be a ludicrous circus full of Trump-supporters, which only reinforces how much Californians appreciate Governor Newsom’s competent, compassionate, experienced leadership during an unprecedented series of crises.”
This Republican recall threatens our values and seeks to undo the important progress we’ve made — from fighting COVID, to helping struggling families, protecting our environment, and passing commonsense gun violence solutions.
There's too much at stake. pic.twitter.com/5ZEszlrcYl
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 26, 2021