The effort to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom has crossed a major milestone. The race is now on to collect enough signatures before a mid-March deadline to get the recall on the ballot for a late-August or mid-September vote, according to CBS LA.
The campaign to recall Newsom announced Tuesday that it had collected one million signatures and would need approximately 1.8 million by mid-March in order for the effort to come to a vote. Rescue California, which is running the recall signature effort, says its goal is two million signatures.
Fed-up Californians point to Newsom’s actions, which include going out for a fancy dinner at one of America’s most expensive restaurants while locking down the state, as grounds for recall.
Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and John Cox, who lost to Newsom in 2018, are considered possible opponents for Newsom on a recall ballot.
“Jobs are leaving, homelessness is skyrocketing, and the state can’t even do the basics like issue unemployment checks to people who at this very moment are struggling to get by,” Faulconer wrote on Facebook announcing his signature had been added to the recall. “We know that California is better than this, and we have the power to make a change.
“Every Californian fed up with the governor’s hypocrisy and failures should sign the recall petition. Either through a recall or a regular election, it’s time to start holding the governor accountable.”
Newsom won the 2018 California gubernatorial election with 62% of the vote.