Tuesday, December 3, 2019

California: State GOP backing Governor Newsom recall, though fundraising is for party not recall efforts

The two attempts to get a recall going against Governor Gavin Newsom (D) have now been endorsed by the California Republican Party, with a fundraising email being sent out mentioning the efforts. However, any money raised from the letters will go to the party, not the recall efforts.

Two recall efforts have filed to recall Newsom, one led by Erin Cruz, who came in sixth in the US Senate primary in 201 and one by Dr. James Veltmeyer, who lost the Republican primary for a Congressional seat in 2018. The petitions seems to be focused on immigration issues, though there are also claims of capital punishment and the cost of the state wildfires and "medicare for all." There is also a preexisting online petition led by someone else that has 42,000 signers, of which exactly zero would count to a real petition. While both efforts have been getting press, there hasn't been much money raised for the effort ($53,000 for one, $48,000 for the second).

Petitioners would need about 1.5 million signatures to get on the ballot.

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