According to Fox News, the petition that is aimed at recalling California Governor Gavin Newsom has accumulated 2.1 million signatures of his fellow residents of The Golden State.
The former mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer has led the charge to unseat Newsom while campaigning for himself, a Republican, to be the governor’s replacement after a new election.
Only 1.5 million signatures were required to meet the qualifications of appearing on the ballot in 2021, but Faulconer pushed for enough signatures to resist any challenge of fraudulent names.
Faulconer described his his vision in a statement issued last week. He wrote; “Our statewide movement has taken a giant step toward removing Gavin Newsom from office. Over 2.1 million Californians — Democrats, Republicans and Independents — have signed this recall petition and made it clear that they are ready to turn the page on an elitist administration that has disregarded science while hurting millions of California families,”
My statement on 2.1 million recall petition signatures submitted. pic.twitter.com/EOlIkaxjzl
— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) March 18, 2021
The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board published an article mocking the recall movement a “circus”.
Faulconer responded to the criticism while being interviewed on FOX Business’ “Varney & Co”.
Faulconer told the host; “I’m a proud Republican who won in San Diego — a majority Democrat city — who knows how to win big cities. So, we’re going to take that same approach to California,” He continued; ” … I talk in terms of common sense. When you do that — when you talk about reducing homelessness, when you talk about keeping our neighborhoods safe, when you talk about fostering a business climate that will actually support and keep California jobs, that’s what’s important to Californians.”
The “Recall Gavin 2020” movement has prepared for challenges of legitimacy from the governor’s office and is using Twitter to further advocate for their cause.
Gavin Newsom can’t defend the reasons behind the recall so he is attacking the people behind it. How’s that working out for ya Gov? things are stacking up in favor of recall! You might want to focus more on the reasons supporting it and less on the people who support it. pic.twitter.com/LrznzASIdm
— #recallgavin2020.com (@recallgavin2020) March 16, 2021
On Wednesday, the petition that was birthed in June 2020 was turned into the state with a reported 2,117,730 signatures, which exceeds the 1.5 necessary for a new election.