Republican voters angry at Newsom’s liberal policies on immigration, criminal justice reform and more launched the long-term recall effort last year. It gained momentum during the pandemic, as people were frustrated with Newsom’s response to the pandemic. Yet a recent poll shows Newsom with the support of a majority of voters.
Newsom and his allies describe the recall as a partisan effort in hopes of keeping Democrats and independent voters united behind it; Republicans make up only a quarter of the state’s registered voters. Maintaining activist support will be key to preventing another Democrat from entering the race.
“With the help of the Biden-Harris administration, California is poised to put our fight against inequality into overdrive,” Newsom said. “National Republicans and right-wing extremists, they’re not sitting back, they’re throwing all they can at their recall power in the hope – all in the hope – of reversing all important progress. that we did together. We cannot let them win.
Elsewhere, U.S. Representative Barbara Lee said removing Newsom from office would slow California’s progress on the housing crisis, although critics say it hasn’t done enough to speed up construction. State Comptroller Betty Yee said the recall could cost $ 90 million, money that would be better spent on other state priorities. (State finance officials have yet to make a formal cost estimate.)
Franky Carrillo, a criminal justice reform advocate who had a wrongful murder conviction overturned in 2011 after 20 years in prison, has enthusiastically championed the governor’s criminal justice policies. Carrillo joined Newsom on Capitol Hill in early 2019 when Newsom issued a moratorium on the death penalty, a key point of anger among some supporters of the recall.
“We have to stand up for him and not allow a miscarriage of justice to occur,” Carrillo said.
Newsom also gained the support of Jaime Harrison, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. With no presidential or congressional elections scheduled this year, the encore will be among the country’s most high-profile races this fall.
Organizers of the recall have denied qualifying their efforts as supporters, saying about 30% of the people who signed the recall petition are not Republicans. It is impossible to verify, and all of the main declared candidates are Republicans. Nominees include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, former Congressman Doug Ose and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, who has made no appearances. public since the declaration of his candidacy last week.
Faulconer, speaking to CNN on Saturday, said Newsom had hurt small businesses and had not done enough to tackle homelessness and get children back to school.
Beyond the recall, Harris, U.S. House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress touted President Joe Biden’s progress in his first 100 days and urged activists to help generate a support for Biden’s ambitious spending program and to consider the 2022 midterm elections.
Harris recalled her career in California politics, where she served as a San Francisco district attorney, state attorney general, and U.S. senator before winning the vice presidency.
“As a California girl who’s in the White House, thank you. It’s because of you and your hard work, ”she said.
All virtual, the event was awkward at times, with some videos clearly recorded weeks in advance and already outdated. Newsom, for example, touted the administration of 24 million doses of the vaccine, but earlier Saturday morning he tweeted about the number of doses crossing 30 million.
Going virtual also meant that there were fewer ways for activists to display their discontent. At previous congresses, some delegates booed or turned their backs on speakers. The only moment of criticism came when outgoing party secretary Jenny Bach, a member of the California Young Democrats who ran for and lost as the party vice president, said the party was “too toxic and hostility ”and needed changes.