The leader of an organization trying to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom has described the push as a “citizen movement” driven by the people of California, according to The Epoch Times.
“I see this as a citizen movement,” Rescue California campaign manager and finance director Anne Hyde Dunsmore said in an interview with NTD, The Epoch Times reports. “We’re attracting interest all across the board, and if you dig down into those polls, I think the more dangerous numbers are that within the no party preference category of voters, he’s upside down there too — his disapproval is higher than his approval.”
She added, “I think 30% of the electorate has no party preference — that’s the group he really has to worry about.”
A spokesperson for Newsom dismissed the recall effort as a waste of money that distracts from what the governor would “rather focus on,” which is “getting through the homestretch of the pandemic.”
Dunsmore said that the organizers need to reach at least 1.5 million valid signatures before March 17.
“Our validity rate, according to the secretary of state’s website, is about 84%, which is great — that would really require us to get about 1.8 million signatures in order to guarantee a 1.5 million signature target,” she said.
She went on to note that many in the state started supporting the recall movement after the governor was photographed dining at an upscale restaurant called the French Laundry despite urging residents to stay at home during the pandemic.
“I think the turning point was really the French Laundry scandal and watching him be hypocritical about, no more than two households should be having Thanksgiving together and oh, by the way, put your mask on in between bites, and then all of a sudden, there’s a picture of him shoulder to shoulder, no masks at the French Laundry,” Dunsmore said.
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