Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday officially began his fight against his pending recall election by launching the Stop the Republican Recall political committee.
The Committee, which received immediate support from Senators Cory Booker (B-NJ), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), as well as Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) and former Georgia state Representative Stacey Abrams, aims to Keep Newsom in office as Governor through at least 2022.
According to their website, the committee aims to keep Newsom in office because he “led the state through a global pandemic, record wildfires fueled by climate change and two years with Trump in the White House, he has earned the trust of Californians. He is working every day against difficult odds to keep our families safe, distribute vaccines, protect families from eviction and provide billions in direct relief to individuals and struggling small businesses.”
“Instead of helping fight the pandemic, national Republicans are coming to fight California,” says the site. “Add your name to help stop Republican recall. It’s a power grab.”
The Governor also gave a rare tweet about the impending recall on Monday, saying that he would fight it.
“I won’t be distracted by this partisan, Republican recall — but I will fight it,’” tweeted the Governor on Monday. “There is too much at stake. Getting Californians vaccinated, our economy safely reopened, and our kids back in school are simply too important to risk.”
I won’t be distracted by this partisan, Republican recall — but I will fight it.
There is too much at stake.
Getting Californians vaccinated, our economy safely reopened, and our kids back in school are simply too important to risk.
Join us: https://t.co/Jfpe1IlF4m
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 15, 2021
In an email sent later on Monday, Newsom added that “I am not going to take this recall attempt lying down. I’m going to fight because there’s too much at stake in this moment.”
While Governor Newsom only occasionally addressed and dismissed the recall in previous weeks, including in an NBC News interview last week, Newsom’s actions on Monday have shown that he is now taking the recall threat seriously. On Friday, The California Patriot Coalition – RecallGavin2020 Committee, the groups who have fought to put the recall on the ballot since late last year, announced that they had received over 2 million signatures.
The extra 500,000 signatures are more than needed for a cushion in the case of rejected signatures. The recall is all but officially on in California this year, with a final announcement from the state due sometime in the next few months on if it passed for sure and when the election will take place.
Two prominent Republicans, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 GOP Gubernatorial candidate John Cox, have also announced runs in 2021 in the recall, showing additional early threats against Newsom.
Stop the Republican Recall supporters attempt to make recall effort look as solely a Republican supported campaign
Prominent Democrats joined Newsom in denouncing the recall effort, painting it as solely a Republican-based recall effort.
“Gavin Newsom has shown the nation what courageous leadership looks like during the pandemic,” stated Senator Booker on Monday. “He’s made tough calls that kept Californians safe and helped them recover financially. Defeating this cynical, Republican recall effort will be one of the most important priorities for Democrats this year.”
The Stop the Republican Recall campaign also mentioned Republicans, as well as others such as anti-vaxxers and Q-anon supporters, in being behind the campaign.
However, many experts have said that this is inherently false.
“It is true that the recall campaign does have many donors and supporters on the right,” noted former lobbyist Harry Schultz to the Globe on Monday. “But it’s much more nuanced than saying it is a straight ‘Republican recall’. A significant portion of recall signees were independent or Democrats, as they have been upset with Newsom too. Polls have even backed this up, with more and more Democrats saying that they would vote to recall Newsom.
“There was even an Emerson poll released today that had 58% of all California voters being in favor of someone besides Newsom and another question only garnering 42% in saying they would keep Newsom in as Governor in the recall. Only 24% of voters in California are registered Republicans. Many Newsom supporters are just trying to hide that fact.
“Look at their website. Where they show Republicans, they are trying to paint them as crazy Q-anon conspiracists who all stormed the Capitol in January. That’s the image they’re trying to invoke in scaring Democrats, independents, and some Republicans from voting for the recall. It’s baseless, but if there is any consolation it shows you just how scared Newsom really is. He’s going with the most extreme spectrum right out of the gate. But if you look at those who have been collecting signatures, they’ve been a lot more logical by just pointing out what he has done.
“The Governor just doesn’t want to let it be known how much support he has actually lost, especially from his own party.”
Recent articles have also pointed out that voters saw faults and troubles in Newsom well before the pandemic, adding to the pile of mistakes and actions that led to the all-but-officially announced recall this year.
Further action by Stop the Republican Recall supporters against the recall attempt, such as more advertisements, are expected in the next few weeks as signatures continue to be verified by the state.