It’s true that 2021 might be shaping up to be another awful year, but there could be a few bright spots here and there, including the wildly successful efforts to take the necessary steps to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
According to Breitbart, Tom del Beccaro, the person behind the massive effort to formally recall the governor through a statewide vote, announced on Wednesday night that the group crossed a major milestone — garnering the 1.5 million signatures required to take the issue to the ballot box.
The leader proudly made the announcement on Twitter, but warned that the fight isn’t over yet. He said it’s crucial that a couple hundred thousand extra signatures are gathered, as it’ll provide a buffer for the signatures that will ultimately be stricken from the record if they can’t be validated.
“EVERYONE: We have over 1.5 mill raw signatures but they are not all verified,” del Beccaro tweeted. “My message is that 1.5m sounds great but is NOT ENOUGH. To ensure qualification we need 1.9 million.”
EVERYONE: We have over 1.5 mill raw signatures but they are not all verified. My message is that 1.5m sounds great but is NOT ENOUGH. To ensure qualification we need 1.9 million. https://t.co/AagEb5mh6v https://t.co/nwN1JOxL5I
— Thomas Del Beccaro (@tomdelbeccaro) February 11, 2021
Given the current rates of signature gathering, which surpassed predictions made by a number of pundits and analysts, it’s not unreasonable to presume that del Beccaro will be able to add some padding to the signature list between now and March 17 — over a month away — as that is the deadline for the signature phase of the recall effort.
Recalling a governor — especially in the state of California — is no common measure. As a matter of fact, taking the issue to the ballot box has only been accomplished a handful of times in the state. You’ll probably remember the last successful recall effort, as it was former Gov. Gray Davis who was formally recalled in 2003. He was eventually replaced by Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A number of candidates are already expressing interest in taking Newsom’s place.
Newsom found himself at the center of controversy over the past year, especially, as he was responsible for some of the strictest COVID-19 lockdowns in the country — lockdowns that had questionable results, at best. One thing we do know that lockdowns accomplished is the systematic killing-off of small businesses and jobs.
Between that and the controversy regarding Newsom’s fancy night out for a birthday dinner at one of the most expensive and luxurious restaurants in the country, Newsom has faced harsh criticism from voters in the state that has transcended political ideologies.
In short, Californians — both Democrats and Republicans — want to get back to work, open their businesses and carry on with life without worry about being permanently shut down by the state. It’s really not a surprise that Newsom is on his way out.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org