(Los Angeles) California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday acknowledged that he was “concerned” by a petition initiating his removal, a policy provided by California law, and said it was likely to get the necessary signatures soon. The first step.
Like twenty other states, California allows voters to hold a “recall ballot” to replace the governor. For this, they must collect the signatures of at least 12% of the voters in the previous election, in this case almost 1.5 million.
However, the organizers of the initiative, which launched last year and particularly dissatisfied with the pandemic management and fueled the control measures decided by Mr. Newsum, claim to have recently collected nearly two million signatures.
Governors elected by universal suffrage are the executive heads of state. They have important budget powers, as well as local law.
The petition will officially close on Wednesday and election officials have not yet confirmed those signatures. But observers say they will meet the limits needed to begin the next phase of the process: a referendum on whether the people of California want to oust Gavin Newsm and who they want to replace in his place.
Mr. Newsom now expects such an event. “I have been on the job for 25 months. In just 25 months, there have been six attempts to organize a recall ballot. It looks like this guy has the necessary signatures, ”he lamented at the show on Tuesday. View From the ABC channel.
“I’m afraid … we’ll take this seriously,” the governor said. Gavin Newsom said the attempt, which he said conspiratorial moderate activists were associated with QAnon, was more aimed at combating “democratic party values” on immigration, climate change or the death penalty than his own.
Among those initiating the recall were supporters of former President Donald Trump, as many wealthy conservatives who had funded the Republican Party and the petition rallied.
Such a recall is already fatal to the Democratic governor of California.
In 2003, Gray Davis became less popular after signing laws restricting power shortages and small arms, and was fired by Republican celebrity: Arnold Schwarzenegger.