The campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom and call for a new election in the state, achieved this weekend a record by reaching 1.2 million signatures, being very close to the final goal of 1.5 million.
State Rep. Kevin Kiley (R-6th District), the driving force behind the campaign, posted the news on his Twitter account.
Add these petitions from just today to the 1.2 million Recall signatures. pic.twitter.com/BPLHjACW3F
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) January 23, 2021
The initiative’s deadline is March 10. If the campaign succeeds in collecting 1.5 million signatures from registered voters in the state, which represents 12% of the total voters in the last election, a judge will determine the governor’s removal and an election will be held.
During the 2018 gubernatorial election, Newsom was elected, 4.7 million Californians voted against him so it is estimated that it would not be that difficult to get 1.5 million signatures to recall him.
The governor’s missteps
California is one of the states with the most restrictions imposed on people under the pandemic argument.
According to a Yelp report, California is one of the states with the most businesses closed during the pandemic.
From March 1 to July 10, 2020, 33,000 businesses and stores were closed, half of them permanently and half temporarily.
However, several government officials responsible for this lockdown policy were seen dining with various people in restaurants, breaking their own rules and generating outrage.
Newsom was harshly criticized after a woman identified him dining at the famous French Laundry in Napa Valley and posted photos of him, shortly after the governor told Californians they could not gather for Thanksgiving.
John Cox, who lost the election to Newsom in 2018, one of the organizers of the campaign, told Fox News, “It’s absolutely gaining traction. We’re getting petitions from not only Republicans but from Democrats and Independents. This has just gone on too long—the mismanagement that has accompanied this pandemic.”
According to Gateway Pundit, signatures are only valid physically and not online so it is suggested to look for an organizer near you on the campaign website.
On top of that, the officials in charge of providing the data with which the governor supposedly determines whether the lockdown should continue or not, decided not to share this information publicly, which has further exasperated public opinion.
According to the Washington Examiner, Health and Human Services Agency spokeswoman Kate Folmar said, “These fluid, on-the-ground conditions cannot be boiled down to a single data point—and to do so would mislead and create greater uncertainty for Californians.”
Jot Condie, president and CEO of the California Restaurant Association, was also upset by the decision not to share pandemic data.
“They’re making projections and decisions that have great consequences to people’s lives. It’s a public agency, so it’s just curious why they wouldn’t share the data, especially with the local health officers. They need advance warning as well.”