In politics, the atmospherics are often transactional, and ambition can supersede party unity when the opportunity arises. With the recall effort against lockdown-loving California Gov. Gavin Newsom rapidly gaining momentum in the deep blue state, both political parties may be eyeing a way to replace the current Democrat occupant of the governor’s mansion.
As BizPacReview has previously reported, Newsom’s inner circle is increasingly concerned about the viability of the recall effort, especially if it obtains substantial funding, which seems likely. The petition drive has already obtained about 800,000-plus signatures of the 1.5 million valid ones needed under state law by March 2021 to get it on the ballot.
And although the GOP establishment in the formerly Golden State is solidly backing the effort, there are lots of Democrats who apparently look in the mirror and see a future governor, too.
“There will be publicity-seekers, true, but some legitimate office-holders who see a gubernatorial recall as an easy opportunity to get on the ballot will do their best to push for it. And don’t think Democrats won’t consider undermining Newsom if it comes to that. ‘We’ve gotten calls from Democrats who are already kicking the tires,’ said one Sacramento insider aligned with a major special interest group,” Politico reported.
Newsom’s strict, economy-crushing lockdown rules have undermined small businesses, particularly those in the restaurant sector, but he has also joined the long and ever-growing list of Democrats who have flouted their own COVID-related restrictions. He got caught attending a crowded “outdoor” birthday party, that wasn’t really outdoors, for a lobbyist friend at an upscale French restaurant.
Randy Economy, the senior advisor to Recall Newsom, which is headed by lead proponent Orrin Heatlie, a retired Yolo County Sheriff’s Department sergeant, has asserted that the far-left Newsom “has shut down the fifth largest economy in the world for the last nine months and every single person out there in California should be outraged by that.”
“We’re being held hostage in our own homes and he is out with multi-million dollar lobbyists and pay-to-play people, to go ahead and have private dinners in wineries in Northern California and it’s an outrage, while we get stuck at home.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 15, 2020
Among the self-righteous governor’s many outraged constituents includes celebrity chef Andrew Gruel, who is considering running against Newsom in 2022, when the incumbent — who obviously has national ambitions as well — still plans to run for reelection.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 16, 2020
Alluding to the above-referenced bipartisan dissatisfaction, Gruel remarked that “You’re hearing it from both sides of the aisle. This is no longer a political issue. This is a state with a Democratic supermajority and I think that everyone has laid bare Gov. Newsom’s hypocrisy and his mismanagement throughout this crisis.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 6, 2020
Rescue California, led by Former California Republican Party Chair Tom Del Beccaro and which is credited with ousting Democrat Gov. Gray Davis in 2003, is another group that is circulating petitions to oust Newsom.
If you followed politics back then, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in a multi-candidate contest to replace Davis in a special election that occurred about five weeks after the successful recall. Unfortunately, upon subsequently losing four ballot initiatives that would have reformed California’s left-wing political system. Arnold went full RINO for the remainder of his time in office.
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