Politics Arnold Schwarzenegger Dismisses Gavin Newsom's Claim Recall Is GOP Driven
Steyer polls the Newsom recall — offering himself as an alternative
The one-time presidential candidate says he opposes the recall effort. The poll suggests he’s thinking about being the fallback option if it succeeds.And the billionaire environmental activist and erstwhile presidential hopeful has included his own name among the list of possible contenders to succeed Gov. Gavin Newsom, according to three people familiar with the recent survey.
California Governor, a Democrat, has called the latest effort to oust him from office a "Republican recall." But a former top official of the Sunshine State has said that's not the case.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as the governor of California from 2003 to 2011 and was the last Republican to hold the office, told Politico in a piece published on Wednesday that the GOP is "dying at the box office."
Why some Californians are trying to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom and how a recall works
The effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom is on the verge of a major victory. Your browser does not support this video There are almost enough signatures in support of the effort to get the measure on the ballot, which would give voters the option to remove the governor from office and pick his replacement. © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Though organizers say they are nonpartisan, Republicans are rallying around the effort. MORE: California Gov.
"This is the crazy thing here, when they say it's a 'power grab' of the," Schwarzenegger said. "Let me tell you, the [California] Republicans couldn't even get anyone elected. It's ludicrous—the Republican Party doesn't exist. These are the signatures of the ordinary folks that have signed on."
He added that while both Republicans andhave made it about them, it has nothing to do "with either party."
In mounting a defense against the recall, Newsom has accused right-wing militia groups like theof initiating the campaign. On his website, the California governor said the campaign is led by "a partisan, Republican coalition of national Republicans, anti-vaxxers, QAnon conspiracy theorists and anti-immigrant Trump supporters."
Gavin Newsom Recall Not Supported by Californians: Poll
The California governor has sought to paint the recall campaign as a partisan effort by the state's Republican Party.The poll, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California and released on Tuesday, found that 56 percent of voters were against the recall, 40 percent supported it and the remainder were undecided.
The campaign to recall Newsom submitted more than 2 million signatures, meaning it is likely to make it onto a statewide ballot. If it does, voters will be asked two questions: Should the governor be ousted early from his job, and who should replace him?
A poll released Tuesday by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 56 percent of voters were against the recall, 40 percent supported it and the remainder were undecided.
Schwarzenegger also warned in his interview with Politico that the atmosphere today is similar to 2003—when he emerged victorious from the state's gubernatorial recall election.
"And it's the same with the momentum. Something that sets it off to a higher level, kind of the straw that breaks the camel's back ... like an explosion," Schwarzenegger said. "In Newsom's case, it was the French Laundry thing. With us, it was the power outages in 2003."
California voters aren't ready to get rid of their governor
Two seemingly contradictory things are both true about this moment in California politics: © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California Gov. Gavin Newsom. 1. There is likely to be a recall election this fall aimed at pushing Gov. Gavin Newsom out of office. 2. Newsom is likely to survive that recall election.How, you ask? After all, if people are mad enough to get a recall measure on the ballot, aren't they going to follow through and, you know, actually recall Newsom?Well, no. Or, more accurately given the unpredictability of any campaign including a recall campaign, probably not.
French Laundry is the name of the opulent restaurant Newsom was seen dining at during a COVID-19 surge last year. Photos showed the governor dining with at least 10 other people, prompting criticism that he was defying state guidelines against private meetings of people from more than three households.
Newsom has been criticized for his COVID-19 policies, and the recall website also cites unaffordable housing, record homelessness, failing schools, rising crime and other reasons for why "Gavin Newsom must go."
Newsweek has reached out to Dan Newman, a political spokesperson for Newsom, for comment on Schwarzenegger's remarks about the recall.
Kamala Harris Backs Gavin Newsom As He Faces Recall Election .
The vice president said the White House would be "supportive" of the California governor.In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Harris said the White House would be as "supportive as much as we possibly can" amid the California recall election campaign.