Saturday, November 27, 2021

Newsom: Democrats should drop second question on recall ballot

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that Californians who voted in the upcoming recall election should vote against the recall and leave out the important second question.

“We’re just focusing on the ‘no,’ leaving the rest blank,” the Democrat told reporters in Berkeley.

Voters will decide whether to recall first-time Governor Newsom on September 14, after a group angered by rising crime and homelessness in the state as well as harsh measures imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic garnered millions Or not. .

The first ballot question will ask Californians if they want to recall Newsom. The other will ask who will they choose as their replacement if they are called back.

Forty-six candidates are on the ballot, but the majority are Republicans. None of the Democrats have political experience; They range from mom and business owner Holly Bade to college student John Drake to free speech lawyer Daniel Watts.

Compared to the lack of strong Democrats, the Republican field is crowded. These include businessman John Cox, political commentator Larry Elder, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulkner and state representative Kevin Kelly.

Polls indicate that Elder has the most support, but if Newsom is recalled this is not enough to make his selection a standout. The California Republican Party, which was set to endorse one over the weekend, chose not to, arguing that Newsom should be focused on sending packing.

A simple majority would recall Newsom and replace him with the person with the most votes on the ballot.

If recalled, it could reflect a scenario that played out in 2003, when the Californians remembered Gray Davis.

Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced Davis after winning nearly half the vote, defeating the state’s lieutenant governor at the time by nearly 1.5 million votes.

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California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder, center, takes a selfie with supporters during a campaign stop on July 13, 2021 in Norwalk, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)

Newsom was helping clean up a homeless camp in the Bay Area on Monday, as he tries to convince fencers to give hope and support next month.

The governor said the state had conducted 200 such clean-up efforts in recent weeks and indicated that under his administration, the camps had endured.

“People shouldn’t live like this, and we’ve accepted it for a very long time,” he said.

He also supported the vote-out-the-vote effort, which he said involved sending 15 million texts to voters and investing millions of dollars before taking the time to criticize EpochTV host Elder, without naming Black Conservatives. Is.

“I don’t know what’s at stake, you need more clarity on what’s at stake,” Newsom said, claiming that Elder believes climate change is “a myth,” adding that “all mask requirements and would abolish the minimum wage, and oppose access to abortion.

“We have a stark contrast. There is a lot at stake in the state and all the values ​​that are dear to us,” the governor said.

Newsom offered similar comments earlier this week, prompting Elder’s response.

“Gavin Newsom is directly attacking me now. Because he’s afraid I’ll win. @GavinNewsom: Let’s have a debate. Say when and where. I’ll be there,” the commenter said on Twitter.

Newsom has yet to say whether he will argue with the Elder.

Zachary Stebero

Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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