A grassroots movement of Californian citizens seeking to remove Governor Newsom from office by accusing him of mishandling the health emergency, as well as the excessive restrictions he imposed, as a result, managed to secure more than half of the signatures needed and also received a significant donation to move forward.
According to the initiative’s web page, they have collected 911,000 signatures, with the final goal of 1.5 million signatures and the deadline fixed for March 10, 2021.
If the 1.5 million signatures from registered voters are achieved before the deadline, a judge will determine the governor’s removal and call for new elections. Otherwise, Newsom’s term would end in Nov. 2021.
A recent poll by the California Policy Institute revealed that 44% of Californians approve of Newsom’s administration while 32% disapprove.
In terms of the possible impact of the initiative, it is worth remembering that Newsom won the election in 2018 with 62% of the vote, which means that some 4.7 million people voted against it. In other words, there are more than enough possible signatories that could trigger a new election and remove the governor.
According to a Politico report, the initiative received a donation of $500,000 last Nov. 29th, giving an additional push to an effort that continues to gain momentum.
Under the Democrat’s leadership, California is one of the states with the country’s toughest virus restrictions. Some counties are supposed to be hotspots of contagion where citizens have orders not to leave the house.
Many small businesses and restaurants are not allowed to operate freely, which has left thousands of families with no way out.
Nevertheless, the famous saying “rules for thee and not for me” has been Newsom’s doom.
When ordinary people are not allowed to eat in restaurants, Newsom was photographed in a luxury restaurant with several people, without a mask.
Another incident directly related to the policies of the Democratic government was recorded in Los Angeles County when a restaurant owner recorded a video of a film crew setting up food tents on the street in front of her restaurant, which was closed by government order.
“Everything I own is being taken away from me, and they set up a movie company right next to my outdoor patio,” Marsden, the restaurant owner, said in the video. “They have not given us money, and they have shut us down. We cannot survive. My staff cannot survive.”
Randy Economy, a senior advisor to the movement, said the initiative is not party-driven and explained why they started this effort.
“Is about the people who are fed up with the government, fed up of being told what to do, and are fed up watching these people walking behind their backs … and you know, they talk out of their mouth on one side, and they do something else on the other.” He added, “We don’t look at this as a republican versus democrats situation; we look at this as people who are hurting.”
Neighboring states such as Florida, led by Republican De Santis, adopted measures opposite to Newsom’s, allowing schools to open, businesses to resume their activities, and yet have not seen spikes in infection or significant consequences resulting from the CCP Virus pandemic.