Fresh off of voting for Joe Biden in a landslide last year, California is now turning into his biggest nightmare.
And it’s all because of one looming recall election.
Now, California has left Joe Biden and the Democratic Party panicking like never before.
This November, California will hold its first recall election for a sitting Governor since 2003.
The news became official this past week when organizers for the movement to recall Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom returned over 2 million signed petitions to trigger a recall election.
Despite the best efforts of Newsom, the California Democratic Party, and many within the Biden administration in Washington, it now appears all but inevitable that the petition has earned enough signatures to force the election, according to the Associated Press.
“A plodding, months-long review kicks off Wednesday to confirm what appears inevitable: California Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall election that could oust the Democrat before his first term ends.
The announcement Monday that Newsom was beginning to raise money to defend his seat seemed to confirm that he believes organizers behind the recall have collected sufficient petition signatures to place the proposal on the ballot.”
This makes the first serious political crisis for the Democratic Party since Joe Biden became President at the beginning of the year, and the fact that it’s currently unfolding in one of the bluest states in the nation have left many Democrats caught off guard.
Traditionally, California has voted for Democrats in virtually every statewide election for the past 15 years, with Republicans failing to win statewide even in wave years for the party like 2010 and 2014.
But with Newsom’s approval ratings collapsing amidst California’s mismanagement of the COVID-19 outbreak and his own hypocritical failings as Governor, where he’s shut down numerous businesses and forced the state into crippling lockdowns while attending packed events with political elites, has triggered what some Democrats fear could be the “perfect storm” to usher in a Republican governor.
“Organizers say they have collected more than 2 million signatures since June. Collections surged in the fall and winter as anger intensified about Newsom’s handling of the pandemic. So far, more than 80% of the signatures turned in have been validated.
“Newsom’s popularity has tumbled in recent months as public unrest spread over long-running school and business closures, a still-unfolding unemployment benefits scandal and his decision to attend a party with friends and lobbyists at an opulent restaurant while telling residents to stay home.” adds the Associated Press.
For the first time ever, Newsom himself is also admitting that it is all but inevitable that a recall election against him will be held later this year, with the embattled Governor telling the hosts of “The View” that he is “worried” about being thrown out of office.
“Am I worried about it? Of course I’m worried about it. The nature of these things, the up-or-down question, the zero-sum nature of the question, is challenging. It’s vexing. So we’re taking it seriously,” Newsom said.