Democratic Governor Newsom could be disqualified from signing bills passed by the California State Legislature and once again have to stand for election within months.
Nearly 7 percent more petition signatures have been verified than the minimum number required to recall Gavin Newsom from the California Governor’s Office.
California Secretary of State Shirley Webber confirmed 1.6 million out of 1.5 million signatures were verified at the time of publication, meaning a recall election is likely to be held later in the year.
“This now triggers the next phase of the recall process, a 30 business day period in which voters may submit written requests to county Registrars of Voters to remove their names from the recall petition,” she said in a statement. “A recall election will be held unless a sufficient number of signatures are withdrawn.”
The remarks came after GOP California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley and the California Patriot Coalition/RecallGavin2020 committee successfully rallied Golden State residents to sign an online petition to recall Newsom.
“This is an achievement of historic proportions: our country’s largest ever signature drive and our state’s greatest ever citizens movement,” Kiley said in a statement.
Counties have until April 29 to verify the validity of any remaining signatures. The California Department of Finance will then have 30 business days to estimate the cost of holding a recall election.
“Following that, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will have 30 calendar days to review and comment on those estimates before the lieutenant governor sets the date for the recall election,” a secretary of state representative said.
Kiley believes there is very little chance of the governor staying in power without holding a recall election.
“In theory, Newsom could still stop the election by harassing people into retracting their signatures but, with at least 130,000 signatures to spare, that is rather unlikely,” he said. “In fact, a bill to expose the name and address of petition signers was just withdrawn by the author.”
The assemblyman revealed he was also targeted by the governor’s supporters, who allegedly accepted unlawful political donations.
“As a sign of his desperation, Newsom is personally attacking me using his ‘Stop the Republican Recall’ Twitter account, and he just received a $25,000 donation from a high-speed rail contractor that was awarded $2.2 billion,” Kiley said. “The bonfire of corruption is fully ablaze.”
RecallGavin2020 welcomed the progress as the “best news” in more than 12 months.
“It’s official, the secretary of state has now verified enough signatures to trigger an election for the removal of Gavin Newsom as governor–WOOHOOO!!!!!” spokeswoman Denise Loury said on Facebook. “[This would have to be the] best news I have heard in over a year about this IDIOT!!!!!! Sayo [expletive] nara baby!!!!”
The group revealed nearly a third of more than 2 million petition signatures came from Democratic Party supporters.
“This has been a bipartisan effort, with more than 30 percent of the signatures gathered coming from Democrats and ‘declined to state’ voters who are not registered with any political party, as well as registered Libertarians,” senior adviser Randy Economy said on Facebook.
Kiley hopes a new election will help liberate California from the corruption that “defined an entire era of politics.”
“This Recall election is a chance to bring that era to an end, as our state’s steady decline–now a free fall–is swiftly reversed and a new era for the ‘California Dream’ begins,” he said.