Monday, National File spoke with a leading activist in the non-partisan effort to recall California’s Governor, Gavin Christopher Newsom (D-CA) from office.
“Newsom’s only purpose for office is running for President in 2024. His stand on vaccines and the death penalty has really pushed people over the edge, along with Gas prices and rolling power blackouts. The people are fed up with his executive orders,” activist Susan Walsh said.
“Erin Cruz started this effort. We need a clean 1.5 Million signatures by Feb. 13, 2020,” said Walsh.
“I would like to get 2.5 Million just to make sure. We are exceeding our expectations, even though the power outages are setting us back. The election offices are having trouble staying open and accepting our petitions,” she said.
At time of publication, there was not much political support from the GOP party for the petition drive and recall effort, “We are a mom and pops grassroots movement. I had three people change their party just to sign this petition. The people are really showing up for us,” Walsh said.
From her social media, Walsh posts about widespread support for the recall.
“I want people to know that they should support us from around the country. You do not want Newsom to be your problem,” Walsh said.
“RecallGavinNow.com is our site and you can find out about petition drives there.”
“This is breaking,” Walsh told National File. “This is huge for us that Mr. Issa would sign our petition,” she said.
“The reason this is epic is that Mr. Issa was the one that was instrumental in getting Governor Davis recalled in 2003,” Walsh told National File.
According to Ballotpedia:
The 2003 California gubernatorial recall election was a special election permitted under California state law. It resulted in voters replacing incumbent Democratic Governor Gray Davis with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. Davis was ineligible to run for a third term due to term limits after the recall election.
Darrell Issa’s financial support for a signature-gathering campaign to collect the necessary signatures to qualify the recall for the ballot was widely credited as the reason that recall supporters were able to collect the necessary amount of signatures to put the Davis recall on the ballot.
Walsh said, “2003 Gray Davis did have a lot more money behind the effort. But Davis had rolling blackouts and now we have Mr. Issa. We are thinking it might be karma, so we are hopeful”.
“Newsom is using our group to fish for donations,” Walsh said. “But we think the people will take this win and savor it.”