‘Recall Newsom’ campaign collects 1.95M signatures, organizers say


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Recall Newsom organizers say they are still setting their sights to get more than 2 million signatures, but a Democratic consultant says in the long run, time is not on their side.

The group recalling Governor Gavin Newsom has collected 1.95 million signatures, organizers announced Sunday.

“It’s literally people from all walks of life, all parties, all religions,” said Mike Netter, co-proponent for Recall Gavin 2020

In order for the recall to qualify only 1.5 million signatures must be verifed by the secreary of state office. Currently around 670,000 are verifed. 

The Recall Gavin Newsom 2020 lead proponent, Orrin Heatlie, adds they are confident they will have enough signatures as they still have more than a week left. 

“Governmental monopoly and the one-party rule of California is over,” Heatlie said. 

Out of the total amount, the group says 1.6 million signatures have been gathered by volunteers.  

That is about the only thing that has surprised Democratic political consultant Steve Maviglio at this point.

“You don’t see that in California politics. Have to begrudgingly give them credit,” Maviglio said.

He tells FOX40 if the recall qualifies time is on the governor’s side. 

“He has good news to talk about now. He didn’t have that a few months ago,” Maviglio said

Maviglio is the former press secretary for Gray Davis, the last California governor to be recalled in 2003.

The good news he points to is the vaccine rollout, some schools reopening, a legislative deal to incentivizing more to reopen and the Democratic party being firmly behind the governor. 

“Not a single Democrat has spoken up to say, I might want to run against him. When I worked for Governor Gray Davis, we were being sniped at from the left as well as the right,” Maviglio said.

Another big difference from the 2003 recall is the approval rating. 

“Forty-Six percent approval is not too shabby. When Gray Davis was recalled, his numbers were at 25-27%. If this becomes a partisan fight, then it’s very good news for the governor,” Maviglo said.

While a lot can change later this year, a big deadline looms ahead. 

March 17 is the deadline to turn in the signatures and counties have until April 29 to certify the signatures.

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