In California, effort to recall Governor Newsom gains steam amid frustration over COVID-19

In California, effort to recall Governor Newsom gains steam amid frustration over COVID-19

The statewide recall movement has plenty of grievances, but no concrete plans on how to remedy the complaints. With COVID-19 hammering the Golden State and creating economic hardship, Californians are hurting and frustrated. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was already disliked by pockets of the state, especially in rural conservative areas, for his liberal policies on topics from immigration to guns. But the pandemic — and the state’s response — has pushed discontent to a new level. Newsom is in the crosshairs. A statewide movement to make Newsom only the second California governor ever recalled is gaining steam. In their petition to oust him, the effort’s organizers said they broke the 1 million signatures mark by mid-January, leaving two months to secure another roughly 500,000 needed to bring the question to a vote. Randy Economy, a former local journalist in Southern California who now blogs and works in political consulting, is one of the central forces behind the movement, acting as the recall effort’s spokesperson. “(Newsom) governed this state with an iron fist," said Economy, who lives in the Coachella Valley. "That was before the pandemic, and then the pandemic happened and everything has gone to hell in a handbasket.” In an era where political divisions run deep, the rhetoric surrounding the effort has risen — as Newsom might say — to meet the moment. New tone. California and federal leadership see an end to contentious relationship under President Donald Trump. “This recall effort, which really ought to be called […]

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