by Kevin Kiley
Gavin Newsom’s top advisors are “increasingly concerned” that the recall effort against him “could mushroom into a major threat in 2021,” as Politico has reported.
The Sacramento Bee says that “fending off” the recall is a major challenge for Newsom’s new chief-of-staff (a top lobbyist, to no one’s surprise). And the Associated Press reports “Newsom’s advisers are carefully watching the signature count.” It reminds me of a quote sometimes attributed to Ghandi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win.”
One particularly ominous sign for Newsom is his that own party is musing about throwing him under the bus. Politico quotes a Sacramento insider “aligned with a major special interest group” as saying, “We’ve gotten calls from Democrats who are already kicking the tires.” In a sign of desperation, the Newsom campaign put out a bizarre statement that initiating a recall against him is a “refusal to play by the rules.” I’d suggest he peruse the California Constitution, Art. II, § 13-18, setting forth the rules for recalls.