California Gov. Gavin Newsom now has a date on which voters will be able to quantify the effects of his lockdowns and restrictions during the pandemic.
The recall vote is set for Sept. 14 and, if more than half of the state’s voters decide they want him out of office, California will have a new governor.
Following the formal certification of the recall, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis chose the date.
Newsom, for his part, is being proactive. As Californians enjoy the lifting of mask mandates and most other restrictions, Newsom on Monday signed a bill to allow the recall to be held a full 30 days earlier than under the prior state law.
It’s all political, of course, and state Republicans called out the thinly veiled legislation as opportunistic in light of the general optimism as the recovery continues.
“Shout out to California Democrats for manipulating their own recall rules,” California Republican chair Jessica Milan Patterson said in a statement.
“Now Californians only have to wait until September 14 to recall the worst governor in California history.”
The questions on the recall process:
1. Whether they want Newsom out.
2. if so, who should replace him?
Should more than 50 percent of the votes come in for recalling Newsom, the leader from Question 2 would take over as governor.
The special election required 1.5 million signatures to become reality; more than 1.7 million signatures were collected.
Arnold Schwarzenegger entered office in the state’s only other recall election, in 2003.
According to Fox News, approximately 60 candidates have filed preliminary paperwork to run.
Among them are Republican and former gold-medal-winning Olympian Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce), made more famous on “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” Also, Republican San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Democrat Kevin Paffrath, a real estate agent and social media personality.