Richard Grenell, former Acting Director of National Intelligence and U.S. Ambassador to Germany, announced he is launching a group called “Fix California” aimed at bringing meaningful change to the Democrat-dominated state. He is also being talked about as a potential candidate for California Governor if the recall election against current Gov. Gavin Newsom qualifies for the ballot.
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“What I’m consistently hearing from activists and donors is that after a year of our economy being shut down for political reasons and Zoom school, that people in California want permanent change,” Grenell said according to Fox News.
Grenell told Fox News that Fix California’s three main focuses will be suing counties in California to clean up their voter rolls:
- Registering voters
- Researching paths to expand school choice in the state
- Going after frustrated decline-to-state voters
“We’re going to go after the frustrated ‘decline to state’ voters,” Grenell said. “People who recognize that the pendulum has swung too far left and needs to come back.”
Grenell said one way to drive turnout in 2022 specifically is to make school choice a significant issue. There’s been massive frustration with the status of school re-openings in California, which lag behind most of the country.
Recently Grenell also weighed in on common sense energy infrastructure. Globe contributor Edward Ring reported:
California resident Richard Grenell, an American diplomat and politician who served in both the Trump and George W. Bush administrations, has been making some unusual and very welcome noise on Twitter. Interspersed amid his more conventional conservative commentary are calls for California to invest in infrastructure, and not just any infrastructure.
On March 20, Grenell tweeted “I hereby order an LNG terminal to be built ASAP on the West Coast of the United States (preferably in California).” Later that day, he added “I hereby order multiple desalinization plants to be built in California. And I also hereby order new Nuclear power plants to be built in California.”
Interestingly, Grenell said conservatives in California had largely stopped focusing on Democrats’ efforts to move the state far to the left about a decade ago, realizing they did not have the political capital to stop them. California Republicans would help GOP candidates in other states, he said, until Democrat policies had become so “disastrous” that Republicans would have a chance to win back California voters.
California Republicans, as with older Republican office holders in many states, seem to only play defense anymore, rather than taking on the left offensively. However, the younger group of elected Republicans don’t seem to have any problem challenging the status quo or taking on leftists who they see as a dangerous enemy.
The Fox article claimed “any effort to move California to the right is going to be a massive uphill climb.” But Grenell’s policies aren’t an attempt to move California to the right, but rather common sense, common good policies in which all California residents benefit.
And Edward Ring concluded much the same: “Grenell deserves praise for being the only politician, certainly on the West Coast, who is willing to support common sense infrastructure: nuclear power, desalination, and natural gas.”
While the recall might oust Newsom from office, it will take a massive effort to realign California’s politics.
“I’m telling our donors when I meet with them that this is not a sexy, quick fix like one hyped-up statewide race,” Grenell said. “This is a four-year campaign to fix California and to do the long-term reforms that we know we need.”
A recent straw poll at the March 6 rally to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom found Grenell polling in first place to replace Newsom, should the governor be recalled. While it wasn’t a scientific poll, Pollster Brice Adams said the results illustrate the thinking of a group of the state’s most dedicated activists, painting a picture of which campaigns are gaining traction and whose leadership is resonating, apart from a declared campaign.