GOP candidate in 2003 recall campaign claims Newsom’s possible replacement would be tied to the “hard left”


California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall campaign – once considered a pipe dream in a state firmly squeezed by Democrats – is approaching its threshold to be eligible to vote.

If it led to recall elections, and if Newsom were fired, there would be a second such event in California in less than 20 years. The fact that another Republican-led recall campaign has gotten this far has sparked a debate over whether Republicans are able to regain their feet in the gold state. However, others remain more cautious about such statements.

Representative Tom McClintock, California, will arrive at the Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at the House Judicial Committee’s statutory surcharge on the Judicial Police at the Capitol Visitor Center.
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California State Representative Tom McClintock was the Republican candidate for governor in the 2003 recall election that removed Gray Davis, the Democrat. McClintock came in third behind Democratic candidate Cruz Bustamante and eventual Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was re-elected in 2006.

“I’m afraid 2003 could be California’s last slope on the road to ruin,” McClintock said in an interview with Fox News. “Democrats had an eight-point registration advantage in 2003. Today they have a 22-point advantage.”

In nearly 20 years since Davis took office, Democrats have consolidated a “hard left” majority in both houses of state legislation, McClintock said.

“We were farther on the road to ruins 18 years ago. The impact of this policy of the left has been very consistent,” McClintock said. “Wherever they seize control, they see failing schools, soaring taxes, rampant homelessness, rising violent crime, soaring house prices, soaring energy prices, fleeing businesses and finally people leaving.”

He added: “It creates a negative feedback loop where the more people leave, the worse they get, the worse they get, the more people leave. And I’m afraid we’re slowly, inevitably becoming huge Detroit, we have better times.”

As of Tuesday, organizers of Newsom’s recall campaign say more than 1.4 of the 1.5 million needed to vote have been raised. Their goal is to collect more than 2 million signatures before the March 10 deadline to compensate for signatures that will inevitably be invalidated.

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Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego, and John Cox, the challenger to Newsom, both announced their candidacy for governor in the 2018 election. But even if either candidate — both Republicans — replaced Newsom, their options would be severely limited by California’s firmly democratic legislature.

The California legislature, McClintock remarked, “can pass any law it wants against the governor’s veto and nullify any action.”

“I hope I’m wrong, and I certainly wish the signature, and all Republican candidates, Godspeed. But conditions have deteriorated very quickly over these 17 years. And yet I wonder if things can be fixed,” McClintock said. .

But McClintock acknowledged the high stakes of the recall, given what he saw as a “devastating” closure and its impact on the well-being of California of all ages.

“The closures … robbed our children of a year of education. They destroyed (destroyed) hundreds of thousands of small businesses, millions of people got into their jobs … And I think it becomes clear to many Californians that they feel something needs to be done,” he said. McClintock. “The big question will be, do the people of California really have the will and wisdom to change direction before it’s too late?”

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Fox News repeatedly tried to reach Newsom’s communications team and asked for an opinion on the recall, but received no response.