Governor Newsom May Be Out, Will Jenner Be The Next One In?

Rick Martinez

Petitioners have enough signatures to force a recall vote of Governor Newsom

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California residents have gathered more than 1.6 million signatures to force a recall vote of Governor Gavin Newsom.

Even before the pandemic, California was struggling economically from the kinds of economic and regulatory initiatives that the current Biden administration is now pushing.

Despite Silicon Valley's vast wealth and success, California has the most poverty in the nation. California pursued disastrous big government policies that led to high taxes, expensive housing prices, a failing school system, and needless water waste.

And now, the Secretary of State has verified that more than 100,000 signatures have been collected for the petition. There's no indication that enough people will request their names be removed from the list to stop this referendum, so it looks like all systems go.

Next, there is a 30-day period where individuals may notify their voting registrar if they wish to remove their name from the recall petition.

In a tweet, Mr. Newsom said the recall "threatens our values and seeks to undo the important progress we've made".

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Despite desires for a referendum to initiate the Governor's recall, he has tweeted that it is a partisan issue. Basically that Republicans are out to get him.

The Republican Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer's response

Mayor Faulconer’s website stated, 

“What happened to the promise of California? On Gavin Newsom's watch our schools are failing, homelessness is skyrocketing, small businesses are closing, and jobs are disappearing. His broken promises have become our problems.”

What's the reaction been so far

In his tweet, Newsom stated that he's had successes in fighting the Covid-19 virus, getting those from struggling families on their feet, preserving the environment and passing gun violence laws.

His campaign focused on the idea that Republicans were trying to seize too much power, given they had only modest support in the state.

"This recall attempt is a far-right partisan power grab and a waste of money," Mr. Newsom's Stop the Republican Recall campaign said.

To Republicans, the recall was a cause for joy.

"I am ready to lead this movement," Republican former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer said, shortly after the signature count was announced. "Together, we will turn the page on Gavin Newsom's failures."

What about Caitlyn? Could she be an upset winner?

With the announcement that Caitlyn Jenner plans to run for Governor of California, national attention has been directed at the upcoming recall election.

The now-reality TV star hopes her background as an Olympic decathlete will help spur voters to cast their vote for her in the recall election, but before she can become California’s next Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of their National Guard, Democrats must first remove the man they did just over two years ago.

According to an article in the Morning Consult dated 4 February 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Popularity Has Fallen, but It’s Still Better Than His Pre-Pandemic Standing, and “51% of California voters approve of Newsom’s job performance; 39% disapprove.” 

Despite this, his popularity has dropped since last May. Sixteen (16) points to be precise.

Even with the politician's misstep of eating out at a fancy restaurant while telling his constituents to stay home, it doesn't seem likely that the recall will be successful. Californians are known to forgive those who make mistakes and learn from them.

Because of this, if Newsome is recalled, Mayor Kevin Faulconer might be one of the more likely replacements.

Although she has never run for elected office, Jenner has surrounded herself with political and campaign veterans like Steven Cheung, who worked on Trump's campaign; Schwarzenegger's 2003 recall of Gary Davis; and Brad Parscale, a former Trump campaign manager.

Jenner says, “Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision, for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people.”

Unusually quiet and remaining neutral, Arnold Schwarzenegger said last week in an interview “We have 40 million people in this state. I think they’re smart enough to figure out which direction to go. And how far they want to go — is this just going to be a threat? ‘Get your act together and we’re going to back off?’”

Time will tell.

Or, is it time that Arnold kept his promise of "I'll be back?"

References:

The CA Secretary of State’s website.

The Axios.com articleScoop: Caitlyn Jenner makes it official for California governor.

The Kevin Faulconer for Governor website.

The Morning Consult’s articleCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Popularity Has Fallen, but It’s Still Better Than His Pre-Pandemic Standing.

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