Politics California's Gavin Newsom Deflects Recall Question, 'Focused on Vaccines' and Stimulus
California schools debate pins Newsom between allies and GOP recall backers
Most public schools remain shuttered around California even as classrooms in other states welcomed back students months ago. The protracted closure poses one of the most potent threats to Newsom with a recall push harnessing mounting frustration among parents and voters in the final month of signature gathering.Those dynamics have put Newsom in a precarious position. Republicans seeking to replace Newsom are hammering him over the school issue, trying to make the Democratic governor the face of school shutdowns.
California Governordid not directly answer a question about a potential recall election in the state on Monday, instead saying his focus was on COVID-19 measures.
Newsom, a Democrat, may be facing a recall as organizers of the effort say they've collected 1.7 million signatures. However, under California law they need 1,495,709 valid signatures by March 17 to force a new election. Some signatures will be rejected.
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Betfair has said the chances of the California Governor being recalled stand at 2-1. A week ago, before the campaign hit its target, the odds were at 5-1. William Hill placed the odds at 5-2 for Newsom getting recalled. In terms of who will win California Governor election in 2022 if the recall isn't successful, Betfair does not rank Newsom as favorite. Chamath Palihapitiya is ranked as favorite at 5-4, followed by Newsom at 6-4. Dakota Vaughn follows at 10-1, then Daniel Mercuri at 12-1, Errol Webber at 16-1 and Major Williams at 16-1.
The governor spoke to the press in Arvin, Kern County in the state's Central Valley and announced that more vaccines were coming to the region, according to KBAK58.
Newsom was asked directly about the recall effort but deflected the question, saying he was concentrating on
"I'm focused on vaccines, I'm focused on putting vaccines into people's arms," Newsom said.
"I'm focused on getting our kids back to school, I'm focused on getting small businesses relieved."
Newsom said he was concentrating on a bill to provide around $2 billion in grant money to small business. He's expected to sign the bill on Tuesday. This follows the state's plan to issue $600 stimulus checks to 5.7 million people.
The Democrat also said that Arvin Veteran's Hall would be one of the 11 vaccination sites for the Central Valley and would open this week.
Newsom recall proponents gather more than a million signatures
Leaders of the campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom have now gathered more than a million signatures, according to a new report from the California secretary of state's office that suggests the effort is still on track as they inch toward a March deadline to qualify for the ballot. © Rich Pedroncelli/AP/Bloomberg/Getty Images Gavin Newsom, governor of California, speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Newsom outlined his plan to lift restrictions in the most-populous U.S.
"This site's a special site, this site is special for many different reasons, but fundamentally meets the criteria in terms of protecting vulnerable and valuable members of society," he said.
"We are redirecting 34,000 doses that one of our large pharmacies had that were not being administrated as efficiently and effectively as I would like and we decided to bring those 34,000 doses here to the Central Valley," Newsom went on.
The recall effort, which once seemed a long shot, isto trigger a fresh election. However, Newsom may prevail in an election, according to poll tracker FiveThirtyEight. They cited the fact that California is much more Democrat now than when former Governor Gray Davis was successfully recalled and defeated in 2003.
However, the governor's approval rating has declined during the pandemic. A Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll released on February 2 showed 46 percent of the state's voters approve of Newsom but a Public Policy Institute of California on the same day showed his approval at 52 percent. This is still a fall from the 64 percent support he enjoyed in May.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on reopening schools, 'We can do this now'
Newsom committed to putting aside 10% of vaccinations for teachers and school staff on Friday, but did not say he believed it should be mandatory for teachers to get both vaccine doses to return to school, calling it simply, "optimal.” Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and businessman John Cox vowed to challenge Newsom if the recall effort makes the ballot. Both men have made reopening schools a central part of their current campaign against him.
"He might think he's doing a great job, he might think that he's been given a bad deck of cards and a raw deal but you know what, look at the lives who he's impacted each and everyday," the recall campaign's senior adviser Randy Economy toldPalm Beach on February 12.
If the recall campaign can successfully collect enough valid signatures by March 17,later this year.
California GOP pumps $125K into recall against Gov. Newsom .
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Republican Party announced Saturday it is giving $125,000 to the campaign aimed at recalling Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The infusion of cash comes at a critical time for organizers, who are required to collect 1.5 million valid petition signatures by mid-March to qualify the proposal for the ballot. The funds will go toward hiring workers to gather signatures. So far, that work has fallen largely on volunteers, along with mailings sent to households around the state.The funds were donated to Rescue California, one of several political committees working to oust Newsom from office.