TWO MILLION CALIFORNIA PETITION SIGNERS RECALL GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM
"............over the last several months, Howe's support for Newsom has eroded. So has that of many Californians, revealing a wave of frustration and political disaffection in a state that leans Democrat. People are angry about the pandemic restrictions being either too strict or too loose. They're upset about long-festering problems such as unaffordable housing and homelessness. They're exasperated with the politicizing and hypocrisy they see in their leaders. They point much of their ire at Newsom. His approval rating, which hit a high of over 70 percent during the height of the pandemic, has dipped to about 46 percent.
Howe was disappointed enough to visit a "Recall Gov. Gavin Newsom" booth at a strip mall parking lot and sign a recall petition. She's not alone. According to the latest count from proponents, that recall petition has garnered more than 2 million signatures. Recall efforts are common in California, but the effort to remove Newsom, while unlikely to succeed, has gained particular momentum over the past year as the governor's policies stoked widespread dissatisfaction. On Tuesday, after months of avoiding questions about the recall movement, Newsom publicly addressed the possibility of a recall for the first time, acknowledging, "The reality is, looks like it's going on the ballot.".............
".........................California is one of just 19 states in the United States that allow voters to oust their leaders before the end of their term. Only two governor recall efforts in the country's history have succeeded: In 1921, North Dakotans removed Gov. Lynn J. Frazier from office, and in 2003, Californians recalled Gov. Gray Davis (and replaced the Democrat with Republican celebrity Arnold Schwarzenegger).