Efforts to recall Newsom began last year,
alimentato da rabbia over the restrictions he had put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in California
. But the recall campaign gained steam as prominent state Republicans threw their weight behind both the organizing and fundraising efforts
Recall supporters have turned in more than 2 milioni di firme in order to qualify the recall to be on the ballot
. Their verification is pending
, but the expectation is that the recall will likely move forward
A recent Public Policy Institute of California poll indicates that Newsom is in a solid position to defeat the effort
Four in 10 likely voters said they would vote to remove the governor in a recall election, ma 56% of likely California voters said they would vote against removing him. Newsom’s approval in the poll is 53%, similar to the standing he’s had since February 2020.
The governor has defended his decisions related to the pandemic.
Newsom launched a campaign last month to counter Republicans
, saying the recall was being led by
, Q-Anon conspiracy theorists and anti-immigrant Trump supporters.
An ad from the campaign blames “violent White supremacists like the Proud Boys, who attacked our nation’s Capitol on January 6” for the recall push.
The White House has consistently said they continue to support Newsom. And in mid-March, Biden cited Newsom’s response to the pandemic among governors successfully responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We can put politics aside and meet this moment, like governors all across the nation are doing. Mike DeWine in Ohio. Gov. Larry Hogan in Maryland. Gov. Charlie (Panettiere) in Massachusetts,” Biden said in late March. “Gavin Newsom in California. Jay Inslee in Washington — hard hit. Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s briefings are a lesson in leadership.”
But when White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked last month whether the President had plans to personally support Newsom if the recall makes it onto the ballot, Psaki said at the time, “We’re not quite there yet.”
“We’ve spoken out in support of Gov. Newsom and against the recall, so that remains our position,” lei ha aggiunto.