Californians Recalling Another Governor?
By Shari Dovale
Californians are no stranger to booting their Governor if he does not measure up to expectations.
In 2003, they successfully recalled Gray Davis, a Democrat. The outcome of the recall election held on October 7, 2003, was that Davis was recalled in favor of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. The recall effort was the first successful recall of a California governor, and only the second recall of a state governor in American history.
Now, Californians are so disgusted with the far left extremist in the Governor’s chair, Gavin Newsom, they want to do it again.
KCRA in Sacramento answers some of the questions raised:
“California is in desperate need of a course correction,” said Heatlie, one of the recall leaders.
Heatlie, a retired sheriff’s deputy from Yolo County, is trying to remove Newsom from office, blaming him for restricting gun owners’ rights and overturning the death penalty.
“The people voted for the death penalty to be maintained and streamlined,” Heatlie said. “That was the will of the people — and he came in and unilaterally overrode that.”
The governor is facing a second challenge from La Jolla doctor James Veltmeyer, who is an immigrant from Ecuador. He blames Newsom for making California a sanctuary state.
“This is an outrage,” Veltmeyer said. “California has become unlivable. It’s become a third world country, a country that I came from, you know, escaping socialism.”
What’s Newsom’s reaction to the recall effort?
Newsom was elected governor in a landslide last year with 62% of the vote. He doesn’t appear to be worried about the recall effort, which KCRA 3 asked him about directly.
“Honestly, I haven’t had a chance to pay much attention to it,” Newsom said. “I’m focused on, I think, 247 bills that are still on our desk. We’ve got until Sunday to get those done.”
You know you’re a terrible Governor when two different groups are running recall efforts against you.
It would seem, however, that they need to decide which petition they want to promote, as having 2 separate recalls could defeat them both.
To qualify the recall effort for the 2020 ballot, petitioners must collect 1,495,709 valid signatures, which is equivalent to 12% of the 12,464,235 votes cast in the last election for governor.
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