Politics Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says California 'made the right decision' not to recall Newsom
Newsom's nightmare: How one November day fueled the recall
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — On a single day last November, two events helped set the course for just the second recall election against a governor in California history: Gov. Gavin Newsom dined with 11 friends and lobbyists at one of the country’s most expensive restaurants as he pleaded with Californians to stay home, while those looking to kick him out of office won four more months to qualify for the ballot. Photos of the maskless dinner showed the Democratic governor going against what he had been urging for months to combat the coronavirus: don’t gather in groups, keep your distance, wear a mask.
- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the state "made the right decision" not to recall Newsom.
- Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Schwarzenegger called the pool of GOP candidates "disastrous."
- Schwarzenegger won a recall election back in 2003, replacing Gov. Gray Davis.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the state "made the right decision" not to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Schwarzenegger says atmosphere of this year's California recall looks 'exactly the same' as when he won in 2003
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- the only person in California history to win a gubernatorial race in a recall election -- is aggressively neutral on the one coming up on September 14. © Provided by CNN No endorsements, the former Republican governor says, because he has relationships with a lot of the candidates. But he certainly has some strong opinions."There's millions of people out there that are dissatisfied, dissatisfied with the way the corona was handled, dissatisfied with the fires," Schwarzenegger observed.He says all of it is "very dangerous" for Democratic Gov.
"I think voters made the right decision," Schwarzenegger said,about the results of this year's recall election, which . According to an from the California secretary of state's office, as of September 16, at least 63.7% of the state voted for Newsom to keep his seat.
"It's better to stay with someone who you know what they're going to do, rather than someone who comes in wacky and is changing everything around," Schwarzenegger added.
Schwarzeneggerand served two terms from 2003 to 2011. During the interview with the Los Angeles Times, he declined to reveal his vote in this year's recall, but critiqued the slate of Republican candidates.
California voters: Less Republican and white than in 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It's a familiar refrain among California's recall watchers: 2021 is not 2003. Yes, the state again is in the middle of a recall election that could remove the Democratic governor from office. But today's California electorate looks far different than it did 18 years ago: It's less Republican, more Latino and Asian, and younger — all trends that favor Gov. Gavin Newsom, so long as he can get his voters to turn out. © Provided by Associated Press FILE— In this Aug. 9, 2021 file photo people walk along Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, Calif. Sept. 14 is the last day California voters can cast their ballots to either keep California Gov.
"It's just disastrous," Schwarzenegger told The Times, calling outand by name.
"This is a good comeback story," he said. "Newsom was down and in the trenches and against the ropes. I think he woke up and made adjustments, talking issues, and all that stuff. And he was very fortunate he had Elder as the leading candidate on the other side."
In his critique of the, Schwarzenegger - who ran as a Republican in 2003 - said they might have fared better had they addressed issues like the economy, education, and the environment instead of doing the "opposite."
"The voters want to protect the environment," he said. "We have the strictest environmental laws in California, and we have proven to the world that you can have strictest environmental laws and at the same time be the most successful economy."
What Makes Newsom's Recall Election Different From Davis' 2003 Ouster
A Democratic strategist who advised former California Governor Gray Davis said there are "several" differences between the two gubernatorial recall elections.Newsom and Davis, both Democrats, are the only California governors who have had to defend their seats through a recall election since the state adopted its recall process in 1911. While voters elected to remove Davis from office nearly 18 years ago, South said he believes the September 14 recall election "is going to be a blowout win for Newsom.
Newsom is slated to keep his seat as governor, though prominent figures likeand have . There is . Newsom is to run to be re-elected as governor in 2022.
How the recall election against California Gavin Newsom will work .
The election will be just the second recall election for governor in state history. The other took place in 2003 when Democratic Governor Gray Davis was recalled and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor. Here's what you need to know about the recall. How did we get here?In February 2020, a group called the California Patriot Coalition began circulating a petition to recall Newsom, citing his administration's policies on immigration, homelessness, the state's drought emergency and taxes. Newsom had faced five previous recall attempts, but such petitions require 1.