For the second time in the state’s history, California has triggered a recall election with Governor Gavin Newsom’s figurative head on the chopping block.
As I explained in the video below, Newsom finds himself here after his dismal handling of the COVID-19 pandemic brought more pain and suffering to the people of California than was absolutely necessary, all while he seemed to be wholly unconcerned with obeying his own lockdown orders.
The recall election was made official when Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber that the necessary 1,719,900 verified signatures to trigger a recall effort were gathered. She then sent an official letter to Department of Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler the notice that a recall election was officially on.
“The Department of Finance, in consultation with county elections officials and the Secretary of State, must estimate the costs of the recall election and submit the estimate to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and the Chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee by August 5, 2021,” the letter stated. “The Department of Finance’s estimates must include the costs that would be incurred if the recall election is held as a special election and if it is consolidated with the next regularly scheduled election, and must include expenses for verifying signatures, printing ballots and voter information guides, and operating polling places. As required by law, the Department of Finance’s estimate of recall costs must be posted on the Secretary of State’s website and printed in the state voter information guide.”
So now that the recall election has been triggered, will Newsom lose his job?
It should trouble Californians to know that he still may very well keep it. In fact, bookmakers are throwing down bets that he will at a 5/1 chance he’ll be removed from office. To be sure, the odds are stacked against those who do wish him gone as over 50 percent of the voting public would have to vote against him. When he was elected, Newsom at 62 percent of the vote.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible. During the period where people could withdraw
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