After 6 months of shutting down the state’s economy, arresting citizens for walking or having social gatherings, and allowing state law enforcement to act with impunity, millions of Californians are now calling for Governor Gavin Newsom to be forced from office.
Recently photos of Gov. Newsom attending a dinner party with close confidantes (who are also lobbyist) emerged showing the governor without a mask at a time when he was imploring people not to socialize with friends and wear a face covering when going out and around others, prompting serious backlash from California residents.
After months of people being harassed by law enforcement for existing outside past Gov. Newsom’s “curfew”, the frustration California’s residents is apparent and growing.
Gavin Newsom is hated by the Black community in particular for his siding with law enforcement in numerous cases, specifically the murder of Dijon Kizzee, a Black man killed by Thugs in Blue while riding his bike home.
The Black grassroots also has special contempt for Newsom due to his sending sick passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship directly into the Black city of Oakland.
At a time when the CV-19 virus was still new, Newsom made the decision to allow a ship that had a confirmed twenty-one passengers who tested positive for the virus to dock in the heart of California’s Black population.
Now the 5th petition to recall Newsom has launched.
Created on June 10, 2020 by Orrin Heatlie & Mike Netter, the new petition has until March 17, 2021, to collect the 1,495,709 signatures needed to require a recall election.
Additionally, the creators now claim they’ve surpassed 1 million signatures.
However many state campaigns consultants claim that the new recall effort will likely need an extra 500,000 valid signatures to ensure that the recall qualifies for the ballot.
Organizers estimate they would need $2.8 million to hire professionals to gather another 800,000 signatures, at a price of $3.50 each.
If the recall qualifies, Newsom would be forced to defend his record against challengers in the midst of a pandemic that has upended life of nearly 40 million residents. Political analyst also assess that a closer-than-expected race could hurt the former San Francisco mayor’s national profile as well as make him look vulnerable for his 2022 reelection gambit.
Have Californians finally gotten serious about their politics?
–Barrington Williams, B1Daily