Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is now closer than ever before to possibly being removed from his seat.
While speaking to the Sacramento Bee, Newsom said he had no regrets about his tenure in office or any of the decisions he has made, particularly regarding draconian lockdowns for over a year.
From the Sacramento Bee:
He said he’s particularly proud of the record-breaking education spending he negotiated with lawmakers this year in the budget, which implements a host of policies, including adding a new grade to California schools called transitional kindergarten and increases funding for summer school.
“If they kick me out. I’m gonna feel good about what we just did, and not ever regret a damn thing,” he said. “We put it all out there on this education budget.”
Now, Newsom is threatening his own party if he goes down:
If California Gov. Gavin Newsom is recalled, he predicted the effects would be felt “all across the country” for “many, many years,” arguing Thursday in an interview with McClatchy’s California editorial boards that it could boost Republican chances in the 2022 midterms.
The Democratic governor, who faces a recall election Sept. 14, said he doesn’t think people are really considering the question of what happens if he loses.
“I don’t think the national Democratic Party’s asking themselves that question,” Newsom said during the interview with the editorial boards of The Sacramento Bee, The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee and The Tribune of San Luis Obispo. “If this was a successful recall, I think it would have profound consequences nationwide, and go to not just politics, but to policy and policymaking.”
A successful recall would spur a “weaponization” of the recall process and prompt more attempts to oust local elected officials, Newsom predicted.
He said it could give Republicans an advantage in the 2022 midterms, particularly given that the recall is happening in the home state of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris. Newsom said he believes that could affect a wide range of policies, including on immigration, climate, health care, and COVID-19.
And a new poll reveals that he should be very worried about the possibility that he will be ousted from the governor’s mansion.
According to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, 47 percent of likely voters in California support removing Newsom from office.
The poll found that 50 percent oppose the move, which is still not great news for a Democratic governor in arguably the most liberal state in the country.
Earlier this month, Newsom got slapped with more bad news in his fight against a recall effort.
Judge James P. Arguelles ruled that Newsom will not be able to label himself a “Democrat” on the recall ballot this September after his team made a filing error and omitted his party preference.
In other words, Newsom’s team forgot to state on the paperwork that he wanted to be listed as a Democrat.
Newsom’s team sued the California Secretary of State so that he could correct the error.
Arguelles denied Newsom’s request and held that the recall election will take place on September 14, 2021.
“Governor Newsom argues that unique circumstances attending his untimely party designation support an order excusing the noncompliance,” Arguelles wrote, adding that “the court is not persuaded.”
Organizers for “Recall Gavin 2020” gathered well over the necessary 1.5 million petition signatures, which gives Californians the chance to vote Newsom out of office.
Newsom has imposed some of the most drastic restrictions in the entire nation in terms of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, and restrictions on businesses, all of which have done little to mitigate the spread of the virus in the Golden State.