Politics Leaders behind Newsom recall claim to have nearly 2 million signatures, enough to force an election
Grenell strongly hints at run for California governor at CPAC
“If a public official is still failing to deliver on their promises, and if you can’t limit their term or recall them in time, there's always one other option: you can run against them yourself,” Grenell said.In his CPAC address, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany and acting director of national intelligence railed on California and said he has “never seen a better case for a recall” than the bid to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The leaders behind the movement to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom say they have the necessary signatures to force a vote.
On Sunday, they said the movement has collected 1.95 million signatures with a little more than a week before the deadline, according to the. However, state and county officials have yet to verify the signers.
The Secretary of State’s Office recently announced that 83% of the signatures were valid in early February. At that time, slightly less than 1.1 million signatures were collected, and just under 800,000 had been verified, while about 130,000 were found to be. It is unknown if the leaders will still have the necessary signatures to force the vote once the verification process is complete.
Richard Grenell may run for California governor if enough signatures are collected in recall effort
Richard Grenell may consider a run for California governor if efforts to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom succeed in garnering enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, according to a source familiar with the situation. © Joe Raedle/Getty Images ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 27: Amb. Richard Grenell, former Acting Director of U.S. National Intelligence, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them.
“I don’t think you’ve ever seen a volunteer movement like this,” Mike Netter, a supporter of the recall, said at the press conference where they announced their latest signature totals. “It’s literally people from all walks of life, all parties, all religions. We have a diversity across the board collecting and united [on] one thing, and that’s the fact that California needs a new governor.”
To trigger a recall election, the group needs to collect, and officials need to verify, 1,497,709 valid signatures, according to the recall petition’s. The deadline to do so is March 17.
“We have cleared another milestone, and now we are entering the final stretch of this part of the official campaign to remove California Gov. Gavin Newsom from power and office,” Orrin Heatlie, chairman of the California Patriot Coalition, Recall Gavin 2020 Committee, said.
San Francisco, where Gavin Newsom was mayor, home to top donors for recall campaign: Report
The financial drive behind California Gov. Gavin Newsom's recall campaign is largely being fueled by his hometown of San Francisco, where many large donors reside. © Provided by Washington Examiner Finance reports cited by the San Francisco Chronicle show that San Francisco, where Newsom previously served as mayor, was the the city where the second largest amount of funds originated. Fifty-four donations, which amounted to $228,525, were traced back to San Francisco, behind Irvine, where 34 donations were given, totaling $613,550.
Newsom’s coronavirus policies, and his failure to abide by them, prompted the recall effort last year, and it hasn't been a.
California’s recall provision permits the ballot to pose two questions to voters: a referendum on whether the governor should be recalled and who should replace the incumbent. There is no limit to the number of challengers who can run nor any primary to regulate ballot placement.
Newsom, a Democrat, took office in 2019 after comfortably defeating his GOP challenger John Cox in the 2018 gubernatorial race. Before that, he was lieutenant governor and mayor of San Francisco.
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