Republicans haven’t won a statewide office in California for 16 years…..
The ‘beef’ with him is his handling of the pandemic response….
Two recent polls have the California Governor at 46% and 56% favoribilty in the state….
He was up in 60% last May….
It’s tough times for Big State Governor’s like Newsom, Cuomo (NY) and Abbott (Texas)…
“The reality is, looks like it’s going on the ballot,” Newsom told reporters Tuesday in California. He made the same prediction to a national audience hours earlier, saying on “The View” that the effort “appears to have the requisite signatures.”
Newsom is no longer waiting for elections officials before weighing in. After months of deflecting questions as the recall effort gathered strength, Newsom embraced a defensive campaign on Monday. He publicly addressed the recall for the first time and rolled out endorsements from a bevy of national elected officials such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker.
While Newsom sought Tuesday to continue his attack on the recall, he was dogged by questions about his surprising remark Monday on MSNBC that he would replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein with a Black woman if Feinstein were to step aside before her term ends.
Feinstein told reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill that she intends to serve through her term’s 2024 conclusion, saying people had misunderstood Newsom’s comments and made a “mountain out of a molehill.” The governor tried to soften his own comments, saying he had “zero expectation the senator’s going anywhere.”
The Democratic governor has quickly signaled that his campaign will paint the recall effort as an outgrowth of pro-Trump extremists, a tactic that could resonate in a deep blue state where the former president was deeply unpopular.
He has pointed to a recall proponent having mused about microchipping immigrants and cast the campaign as a stand to safeguard California’s progressive values. He has repeatedly suggested opponents are motivated by an aversion to California’s diversity, or what he has called “the browning of California.”….