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RecallGavin2020 rally at CA State Capitol. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)

Sen. Newman Wants to Dox Recall Petition Signers

Imagine door to door harvesting operations designed to convince voters to withdraw their signatures on a recall petition

By Edward Ring, April 14, 2021 6:11 am

During state senate hearings on April 12th, State Senator Josh Newman approached Orrin Heatlie, lead proponent of the Gavin Newsom recall campaign. Heatlie was in attendance to testify against SB 663, sponsored by Senator Newman.

SB 663 will “provide a mechanism for the target of a recall petition to communicate with constituents who may have signed that petition,” and “provide a meaningful opportunity for voters who may have signed a recall petition to withdraw their signatures.”

According to Heatlie, Newman came into the gallery to shake Heatlie’s hand and assure him that because there wasn’t an urgency attached to SB 663, it would not affect the signatures that Heatlie and allied committees have recently submitted to recall the governor.

Newman, having inexplicably clawed his way back into office after being himself recalled by voters in 2018, wants to make sure nobody else has to suffer such indignities. Heatlie, whose principled and steadfast leadership has given birth to a grassroots movement of extraordinary power and potential, was not impressed by Newman’s gesture.

Recall campaign organizer Orrin Heatlie. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)

Reached for comment earlier this week, Heatlie acknowledged that the primary threat of SB 663 is to future recall attempts, where, to express its primary provisions in plain English, anyone who signs a recall petition will have their name and address publicly accessible, and will be subject to a “meaningful opportunity” to think better of their decision and withdraw their signature.

And you thought voter harvesting could constitute opportunities for intimidation and fraud. Imagine door to door harvesting operations designed to convince voters to withdraw their signatures on a recall petition.

There’s so much wrong and hypocritical about SB 663 it’s hard to know where to begin. The timing, as Heatlie went on to explain, is not by accident. Even though SB 663, if passed, will not formally take effect in time to dox the more than 2.1 million people who signed the Newsom recall petition, that fact will not be generally known. As a consequence, many of the individuals and small business owners who supported the signature gathering campaign will be thinking twice before they support the recall campaign itself later this year.

People supporting the recall already have to contend with a nonstop avalanche of slime coming from nearly every major newspaper in California. Exhibit A for this campaign of group character assassination would be the “investigation” conducted in February 2021 by the Los Angeles Times. Entitled “Far-right movements including QAnon, virus skeptics linked to Newsom recall,” this is propaganda masquerading as investigative journalism. Using precisely the same logic as the Los Angeles Times, one might suggest that anyone opposing the Newsom recall has “ties” to looters, arsonists and eco-terrorists.

Even without the help of SB 663, in any case, Newsom’s minions are trying to dox the individuals and businesses supporting the recall. Former State Senator Don Perata, whose embarrassing Ballotpedia biography discloses, among other things, allegations of using “campaign donations to support an indulgent lifestyle,” was termed out of office way back in 2008, but he’s back.

Today, Perata is chair of “Stop the Steal California,” “a citizen-led effort, independent from political party politics.” On April 12, on behalf of his organization, Perata sent a letter to Orrin Heatlie, attempting to compel him to release copies of “all the recall petitions you have submitted to the County Registrars and Secretary of State.”

In his letter, Perata claims that “a recall election is expensive and unnecessary,” and that “California government only works when there is full transparency in accordance with our Constitution.” In this letter, however, much is left unclear.

For example, if Perata thinks a recall election is expensive and unnecessary, does that mean his committee is trying to prevent the recall election from occurring? And if so, how does “transparency,” i.e., doxing every person who signed a recall petition, further that objective? Can Perata’s organization have anything in mind apart from having operatives show up at the door of every voter that signed a petition, in order to offer every one of them a “meaningful opportunity” to withdraw their signature?

Wow.

Perata concludes his letter with the following warning: “Should you fail to act, we will proceed with further legal remedies. We are willing to discuss this matter but please understand that we will settle for nothing short of immediate release of all the petitions.”

Good luck with that. The California Constitution, in Article 2, Section 7, entitled “Voting, Initiative and Referendum, and Recall,” (italics added) offers up four words that leave little to interpretation: “Voting shall be secret.” Perata will have to make the rather strained argument that signing a recall petition – which can only be done by a registered voter – is so fundamentally different from voting that it is not secret at all, but entirely public. Really? Wouldn’t signing a recall for a corrupt, potentially dangerous public official be exactly when you would most need to protect voters from being identified publicly?

Even if some judge manages to buy this argument, Perata would still have to contend with California’s Government Code governing the recall process, where Code 6253.5 states that “all memoranda prepared by the county elections officials in the examination of the petitions indicating which registered voters have signed particular petitions shall not be deemed to be public records and shall not be open to inspection except by the public officer or public employees who have the duty of receiving, examining or preserving the petitions…” It goes on for a bit. But there’s nothing there to empower political activists, working on behalf of Governor Newsom, to show up at the doors of every person who signed a recall petition. And as for SB 663, should it pass, it will die in court.

But what are they thinking, anyway? How do Newsom and the party he represents justify putting every person who signs a recall petition under a microscope, when they won’t even clean up the voter rolls, or require voter ID?

The stench of hypocrisy hangs over the state, as thick as the smoke from last year’s super-fires.

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24 thoughts on “Sen. Newman Wants to Dox Recall Petition Signers

  1. ARTICLE TITLE: So, is it Sen Newman or Gov Newsom? Pick one, but there is no Sen Newsom, nor a Gov Newman.

  2. You said it, Mr Ring, “The stench of hypocrisy hangs over the state, as thick as the smoke from last year’s super-fires.”

    The finest example is Don Perata who has a resume of professional and personal corruption as thick as the Oxford Dictionary!
    I guess the best brown shirts are woven from those with a nefarious background that owe something to the Democrat machine. That dude would hire Antifa thugs in a heartbeat to shake down California voters who are crying for a deserved change.

  3. “Communicate with constituents who signed?” “Meaningful Opportunity?” The voters already sign the petition. Look at the facts. There’s absolutely no need for Newsom to communicate when you look at what he’s done in plain face. French Laundry. Lockdown restrictions. Disproportionate deaths and cases. And now you want to get voters to withdraw signatures when you tell them that it’s a partisan Republican effort. What are they so scared of? Just let the election happen!

  4. Thank you again, Edward Ring, your timely piece on this hit the spot.
    The good news is that barely-elected-to-begin-with Sen Josh Newman, although he did not have “the list” at his disposal, DID attempt in 2018 to profile likely recall signers, sent henchmen and women out to show up at those people’s doors with the intent to twist their arms into removing their names from the recall petition, but the effort fizzled and he was recalled anyway. By a LOT. Final tally to recall him was about 60%-40%, a 20 point spread.

    The very attempt to dox recall signers by Gavin and the Gang and to try to lean on them like a mob boss is slimy and sleazy and scummy, as usual, and hypocritical for sure as you point out, but in the end is simply ONE MORE REASON to recall this guy. Maybe even more voters will jump on the bandwagon because of this further evidence of Gavin & Co’s corruption.

    1. So agree, ShowandTell,
      Yes, every time Newsom steps up to the mic, you can see the greasy slime oozing off his glistened, coiffed, hair! His hair makes more of a statement each and everyday!

      As I go to the ballot box I will remember this sleaze ball move, you can count on it!
      Good Ridden to Governor HairGel.

    1. Comrade Queeg, what may I have to do in order to procure simple raisins with my oatmeal? There are some things I cannot live without.

        1. Comrade Queeg, you are correct. I have been selfish…I do not deserve the love, and protection of the gulag state.

  5. Thank you Edward Ring for this article. As I read through this article, it is difficult for me to understand how Newman or Perata can be politely tolerated by any political party. Public opprobrium should be lavished on any politician attempting to violate our state Constitution with the intent of harming citizens. The option of leaving California is becoming more compelling as I think California corruption has metastasized.

  6. Keep the 2A accoutrements close by in case these Communist thugs decide to pay one a visit in the middle of the night…
    If they want to escalate their desperate hold on power, they had best choose appropriate means to do so…
    Just sayin’….

    But honestly, I hope we’re outta here before this crap legislation has a chance to be passed….

      1. They are coward!! That’s it, why they don’t allow the Recall to process, if Newsom did good and right it will not push through, but if he did not do his job, HE IS FIRED……….

  7. I’m gonna send this POS-MOFO a note in the mail stating my name, address, phone, email, party, and declaring that I’m a signer. Dox that, you little asshole! It’ll cost me a stamp and an envelope, but that’s my middle finger to this twerp.

  8. They are coward!! That’s it, why they don’t allow the Recall to process, if Newsom did good and right it will not push through, but if he did not do his job, HE IS FIRED……….

  9. A lot of people would like a meaningful opportunity to change their vote after the deliberately misleading prop 19 voter pamphlet summary. There are many regrets. While voters should not vote if not informed on a subject, every time I tried to follow the link to the full text of prop 19 there was an error message. I don’t think that was an accident. Family farms will be lost due to prop 19.

  10. I find it repulsive that this is even being considered as we all should have a right to our privacy free from intimidation and harassment.

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