Group launches another Gov. Gavin Newson recall effort

February 26, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom


A group of conservative activists are launching a second recall effort aimed at ousting California Gov. Gavin Newsom with a focus on the state’s growing budget deficit and his potential presidential run. [POLITICO]

The group plans to serve Newsom with recall papers on Monday morning. In order to get the recall on a ballot, the group will need to collect approximately 1.38 million signatures.

Newsom won the 2021 recall vote by more than 60%.

The group points at the state’s $73 billion budget deficit while Newsom appears focused on national issues. Their specific issues include his support of laws that have increased retail thefts, given health benefits to undocumented immigrants, and spent large amounts of public funds on homelessness without significant results.

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What’s it called when you keep doing the same thing over and over again, but expect different results? It would be fine if these losers had to fund the recall entirely from their own wallets, but instead we taxpayers fund their idiotic recall games.

It is pretty funny how much Newsom triggers all the right wing snowflakes. Sure, the guy is far from perfect, but we’ve had worse governors in our history and some states have far worse right now.

Hey, GOP! This is as gently as I can put this: If you ran better candidates, perhaps you would win. You obviously think mounting a lot of failed recalls will make him look bad and people will choose your weaker candidate instead, but I think it only makes you look weak and gives us that much less of a decent choice to make. And to be even more clear, putting the guy in an endless series of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situations isn’t solving problems in our state and too many people are aware of that to make it a winning strategy either. Get real.

Perhaps running a well-educated, financially savvy and compassionate but pragmatic candidate might get you a bit farther with the voting public than religious extremists and hardline fanatics who are full of rhetoric and short on solutions that don’t include squeezing the growing number of the working poor and the most vulnerable might be a thoughtful change of pace. Want to win? Stop wasting our time and money.

To change direction in the state with the 5th largest economy in the world, you will have to run much better candidates. Raise your standards. It is that simple.

Stop wasting our money (that you pretend to be so concerned about) and get on that.

The first step is getting rid of Newsom.

Please enlighten me on just one issue that newsom has improved for middle class working people in the state.

My Republican friends seem to forget that 13 years ago, which was the last time a Republican held a statewide office, the unemployment rate in California was 12.4%. Today, after 13 years of Democratic leadership, the rate is 5.1%, which is considered by most economists to be full employment. In 2010, the GDP of California was $1.9 trillion. Today, it is $3.9 trillion and California has become the fourth largest economy in the world moving ahead of Germany last year. Likewise, in 2010 the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 10,000. Today it is at 38,000.

Now I would say that those statistics are extremely good for “middle class working people in the state.”

The last two Republicans to hold statewide office in California was Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. They left office on January 3, 2011. You want to hold those two guys responsible for a 12.4% unemployment rate (Dec. 2010) when every other statewide office was held by democrats and both houses of the legislature was majority democrat??? The national unemployment rate for the same period was 9.3%, so it was understandable that California’s regulatory excesses and democrat malgovernance would result in higher unemployment numbers.

Did you forget that unemployment in December 2019, under the Trump Administration, was 3.6%, which I suppose is considered by most economists to be super-duper extra full employment? And back then inflation was just 2.3%, when Americans could afford to buy groceries and gasoline.