Tom del Beccaro, leader in the ongoing effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom said they have reached the 1.5 million signatures needed to qualify for a statewide vote, Breitbart reports.
“EVERYONE: We have over 1.5 mill raw signatures but they are not all verified,” del Beccaro tweeted late Wednesday evening. “My message is that 1.5m sounds great but is NOT ENOUGH.” To ensure qualification we need 1.9 million.”
EVERYONE: We have over 1.5 mill raw signatures but they are not all verified. My message is that 1.5m sounds great but is NOT ENOUGH. To ensure qualification we need 1.9 million. https://t.co/AagEb5mh6v https://t.co/nwN1JOxL5I
— Thomas Del Beccaro (@tomdelbeccaro) February 11, 2021
Del Beccaro, who ran against Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate in California noted that “to ensure qualification we need 1.9 million [signatures],” as many signatures could be found to be ineligible and removed.
The deadline for turning in signatures is March 17. Newsom, a Democrat, is not up for re-election until 2022.
Over the last year, the California governor has faced intense criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his approval rating plummeted. Newsom placed some of the most stringent restrictions in the country, on businesses and the state’s closing of schools.
The California Secretary of State’s website notes: “Since 1913, there have been 178 recall attempts of state elected officials in California. Ten recall efforts collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot and of those, the elected official was recalled in six instances.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted a few hours after she was asked about President Biden’s position on the efforts to recall Newsom at a press briefing.
“In addition to sharing a commitment to a range of issues with @GavinNewsom from addressing the climate crisis to getting the pandemic under control, @POTUS clearly opposes any effort to recall @GavinNewsom,” Psaki tweeted.
Several candidates, including both Republicans and Democrats, have already indicated their interest in participating in a recall election, should one qualify for the ballot, according to Breitbart.