Close to 1.4 million people in California are fed up with Gov. Newsom and the way he has handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newsom was popular in May when nearly 65% of Californians favored the job he was doing as governor. Now, only 52% of people favor the job he is doing. Newsom holds a slim percentage of the majority of Californians supporting the job he has done. 

When the pandemic first began last March, Newsom quickly put the entire state under a stay-at-home mandate initially called “two weeks to flatten the curve.” However, in November, while he preached for people to stay home, wear a mask when in public, and socially distance, he was seen at the French Laundry, maskless, with more than 10 people, who were top medical lobbyists, seated at his table.  

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Since that day, Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike have turned on Newsom, claiming that he does not practice what he preaches, and due to the lack of leadership as cases surged in California. 

A recall movement began in California to have a statewide recall vote on whether or not to recall Newsom. The deadline for signatures is March 17 and they will need 1.5 million verified voter signatures to have a recall election.

Some people are wasting no time in announcing possible runs for California governor. Former San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulconer announced he will run for governor in 2022. 

“California has so much promise. But Gavin Newsom’s broken promises have become our problems. His leadership is failing our state…It’s time for the California Comeback,” Faulconer said.

Another possible candidate is Golden State Warriors part-owner, Chamath Palihapitiya. His policies include cutting the California state tax from 16% to 0%, among other plans to fight climate change, bring people back to living in California, and doubling the revenue from $150 to $300 billion.

Small business owner and former Pasadena mayoral candidate, Republican Major Williams, is also running for governor in 2022. 

As of now, the pressure is mounting on Newsom as signatures near the required threshold for a vote.

Written ByLevon Satamian

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