A petition to recall
The 54-year-old star of the Democrat Party has seen his approval rating dive because of the state’s oppressive Covid restrictions and a botched vaccine roll-out.
More than a third of voters said they would oust Newsom at the ballot box if the recall qualifies, a survey by UC Berkeley found this week.
Newsom, once widely tipped for a future
Newsom, once widely tipped for a future White House run, is facing criticism from within his own party as the GOP-led campaign to recall him steams to a conclusion (pictured during a press conference last month)
California Governor Gavin Newsom is shown above, left, sitting with ten others in the indoor/outdoor dining room at The French Laundry on November 6, without a mask. The photos were obtained by
Demonstrators shout slogans while carrying a sign calling for the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom during a protest against a stay-at-home order on November 21
‘It’s like he’s putting us out to die,’ union boss Sandra Díaz told
She represents janitors, security personnel and other essential workers who were removed from the state’s vaccine priority tiers by Newsom.
‘It’s more important for us as a union to see this get better, no matter who that upsets,’ Díaz added.
The campaign launched by the California Patriot Coalition has until mid-March to hit a required threshold of nearly 1.5 million signatures. It has already got 1.4 million.
Launched by Orrin Heatlie, chairman of the coalition, it has the backing of potential Republican candidates including Joe Collins and Doug Ose.
Newsom faces rising dissent from political allies over his lockdown policy which has kept businesses and schools shuttered for months and seen late changes to who will be priortized for the Covid vaccine.
His woes started in November when he was caught dining out at the exclusive French Laundry restaurant for a lobbyist’s birthday as he told Californians to avoid gatherings, reinforcing perceptions that he is out of touch with people.
Newsom apologized for the dinner and said at the time: ‘I made a bad mistake. I should have stood up and … drove back to my house.
‘The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted. I need to preach and practice, not just preach.
‘You have to own it, and you have to be forthright and I’m doing my best every single day in trying to model better behavior.’
In the new year, he drew more fire for initially refusing to release the data he was using to determine which regions of the state should be locked down, then abruptly reversed course last week and lifted stay-at-home orders statewide.
Republican challenger Collins launched a 28-day ‘Recall Road Trip’ earlier this week that will see him visit 16 cities across the state as he tries to force Newsom out.
‘Gavin has been less than mediocre for California,’ Collins told Fox News yesterday.
‘Instead of giving money to illegal immigrants, he should have given back to small businesses … he should have been transparent on why he chose to shut down California.’
The state recorded its highest caseload on December 15 with more than 53,700 infections.
But two months later, they have plummeted to just 13,000 cases as of Wednesday and citizens are desperate for a pathway out of lockdown.
Bill Burton, a former spokesman for President Barack Obama who lives in Southern California, said Democrats nationally have hammered a ‘follow the science’ message when many are more worried about getting their kids back in school and reopening their businesses.
‘There’s some disconnect between public policy and what regular people are experiencing in their lives,’ he said.
Newsom’s woes started in November when he was caught dining out at the exclusive French Laundry restaurant for a lobbyist’s birthday (pictured) as he told Californians to avoid gatherings, reinforcing perceptions that he is out of touch with people
The campaign launched by the California Patriot Coalition has until mid-March to hit a required threshold of nearly 1.5 million signatures. It has already got 1.4 million
The UC Berkeley poll found that 49 percent believed that Newsom’s stay-at-home orders had little impact if any, while 47 percent agreed they had a major or at least some impact.
The majority said that the rules were confusing and inconsistent.
The poll revealed that just 31 percent of respondents felt Newsom and other state government leaders had done an excellent or good job, 23 percent said they’d done a fair job, while 43 percent said it was a poor job.
It’s a remarkable slip in his political standings after he defeated Republican challenger John Cox by a record margin in 2018.
‘People are reevaluating how well Newsom is doing handling the pandemic,’ Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll, told the Times.
‘Once your job performance rating starts to decline, it’s more difficult to put it back in the right direction. You kind of accumulate negatives over time.’
The vaccine program for 40 million citizens has been plagued by setbacks.
Newsom first planned to prioritize shots for healthcare workers, teachers, first responders and food and agriculture workers, and those aged over 65.
But a few weeks into the roll-out, he changed tack to an age based system and eliminated the priorities for essential workers.
Newsom is also facing criticism over California’s slow vaccine rollout. Newsom first planned to prioritize shots for healthcare workers, teachers, first responders and food and agriculture workers, and those aged over 65. But a few weeks into the roll-out, he changed tack to an age based system and eliminated the priorities for essential workers
CVS has said it will be able to administer between 20 and 25 million doses per month and Walgreens has said it will be able to administer 10 to 13 million. So far, only about 32 million have received one or both shots.
Former Republican congressman Ose said Wednesday he is considering entering the impending recall election aimed at Newsom.
In an interview, Ose said voters are clamoring for new leadership after Newsom’s wobbly COVID-19 vaccine rollout and long-running social-distancing rules.
‘I know I can do a better job than Newsom is doing,’ Ose said. ‘Anybody running needs to talk about issues that matter around the kitchen table.’
If Ose decides to become a candidate, he said he will run in the recall if it qualifies or, if it doesn’t, challenge Newsom when he is expected to seek a second term in 2022.
Ose, a businessman from the Sacramento region, served in Congress from 1999 to January 2005.
He has recently tweeted in support of the recall, as well as urging schools to reopen.