California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, who just last week announced he may run for governor in the recall effort of Gov. Gavin Newsom, now warns Newsom and the Democrat supermajority in the Legislature are trying to manipulate the recall election to save Newsom.
Gavin Newsom and his enablers are changing the rules for the Recall in the middle of the game. They cheat in plain sight then wonder why people lack trust in our elections.
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) June 11, 2021
On his website Kiley gives the details:
We’ve just learned Gavin Newsom and the Legislature will ram through a new law, AB 152, to give him total control over the date of the Recall vote. That this is unsurprising doesn’t make it any less chilling.
Newsom and his enablers are changing the rules for his own Recall in the middle of the game. They cheat in plain sight then wonder why people lack trust in our elections.
So far, they’ve delayed the vote using a corrupt law from 2017. For instance, they added six weeks to bully people to withdraw their signatures. (The number who chose to do so: 42. That’s less than the number who will win the Newsom Vaccine Lottery.)
Newsom thought his best chance was to put the vote off until the state “opens.” Now he’s decided waiting too long presents other risks. So he’s changing the law to set the election exactly when he wants.
Meanwhile, he’s ignoring media inquiries about our letter asking him to justify the State of Emergency. We’re told everything is going back to “normal” except for the amount of power held by the Governor.
If the election is set for mid-September, we have 100 days to save California. Get ready for the campaign of a lifetime.
If the Recall election is set for September, we have about 100 days to save California. Get ready for the campaign of a lifetime.
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) June 12, 2021
The letter Kiley refers to, available here, was written by Kiley, Assemblyman James Gallagher and Sen. Melissa Melendez, informing Newsom that ending the emergency is not optional.
They asked Newsom to identify the “conditions of disaster or extreme peril” that are the predicate for the State of Emergency; asked him if he intends to keep the emergency in effect until the case rate is zero?; and asked him to identify the metrics he is using to determine that COVID cases are of a “magnitude” that is “beyond the control” of cities and counties.
No answer from Newsom so far.
The governor and Democrats were seriously embarrassed this week when the Globe broke the news that only 36 (updated to 54) total signers of the recall rescinded their signatures, out of 1,719,943 validated by the Secretary of State.
As the Globe reported, if the Secretary of State was going to invalidate the recall election, Newsom needed 224,234 Californians to change their mind about signing the recall petition – the difference between the 1,495,709 signatures required and the 1,719,943 validated.
Moving the recall election date up is Plan B. In 2017, the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting, passed a law extending the amount of time between the qualification of a recall petition and the actual election, hoping to save State Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), in the middle of his own recall election. Now, Democrats are abbreviating the process in another attempt to prevent Gov. Newsom from getting recalled.
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