"Recall Gavin 2020," a group working to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom, says they now have gathered more than the 1.5 million signatures needed for a ballot proposal to remove him from office.
The signatures need to be verified, and once that happens, the recall election against the Democrat governor could happen sometime this summer, reports ABC affiliate KGTV in San Diego.
Interest in recalling Newsom is higher after reports that he had dined with friends at an expensive restaurant while he was telling California residents to stay at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, recall advisor Randy Economy said.
President Joe Biden said last week that he opposes the effort to recall Newsom, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Twitter that the president and governor share interests in addressing the pandemic and the climate crisis.
There have been other efforts to recall Newsom, but the current attempt is gaining steam because of the public sentiment over COVID-19 lockdowns that have closed schools and businesses.
"Gavin Newsom won’t listen to our struggles, so he will have to deal with our signatures, all 1.5 million of them. A recall is on the verge of happening, and better days are coming" former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican candidate for governor of California, said on Twitter.
KGTV reports that the California Republican Party will be giving $125,000 to Rescue California, one of the several political committees working on Newsom's recall. The funds are to be used to hire workers to gather signatures. The work so far has been done by volunteers.
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