The effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom is growing by the day, and on Saturday the movement received a boost from former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
In a tweet, Faulconer passed along a link to the recallgavin2020 website and said, “It’s a new year. We need a new governor. Jobs are leaving, homelessness is skyrocketing, and the state can’t even issue unemployment checks to people struggling right now to get by. California is better than this. Join me in signing the recall petition.”
Faulconer, a Republican, left office last month due to term limits. The 53-year-old has reportedly been considering a run for governor.
Critics of Newsom have pointed to his hypocritical approach to the COVID-19 lockdowns as a major factor in the building recall effort. His dinner at the French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, while telling the state’s residents to stay at home and avoid social gatherings, seemed to be the tipping point. Critics have also called Newsom out for keeping public schools closed while sending his own kids to a private school. An unemployment benefits scandal has also fractured his support, as an estimated $2 billion in fraudulent unemployment benefits was paid to scammers and jail inmates while regular people have waited for months to receive or be approved for their unemployment checks.
Supporters of the recall have said they are closing in on 1 million of the roughly 1.5 million signatures needed to trigger a recall vote. The recall signature deadline is March 17, 2021, giving supporters of the recall more than two months to secure the remaining 500,000 signatures.