SACRAMENTO – Things are showing up in California. Vaccines Soon everyone over 16 will be available. Los Angeles Schools are about Bring back hundreds of thousands of students For classes. Disneyland will be dark for a year Open its doors In a few weeks.
In the state capital, however, coronovirus epidemics are still cloudy on the horizon of Gov. Gavin Newsome. Soon, the Secretary of State is expected to announce that the campaign to recall him is officially eligible for a special election.
Led by Trump stalwarts, Amplified by Republican national committee money And fuel during the epidemic by Mr. Newsom Own political mistakesThe recall initiative is widely regarded as a long shot. Putting it on the ballot required about 1.5 million signatures from disgruntled voters, a 40-million-dwindling drop in the Democrat-dominated bucket.
But even though Mr. Newsom prevailed, the epidemic tested both and tainted them politically.
Long as the “world’s fifth-largest economy”, the telegenic heir, as his predecessor Jerry Brown regularly boasted, Mr. Newsom has lost some of California’s skepticism. Their approval ratings have dropped by more than 10 points since May, when 65 percent of Californians relied on dealing with the epidemic. Critics within his own party have also questioned whether his recent decisions have been driven by public health or motivated effort.
The campaign against Mr. Nussum has highlighted the differences between the powerhouse California that controls them and the virus-infested California that they now control. Political analysts have long seen hidden weaknesses in their turnout: the state might not want to miss them, he says, but their popularity has been at a disadvantage, and their political fortunes far outweigh the flow and flow of the virus in their state. More closely linked.
“When you’re evaluating an executive – be it a mayor, a governor, a president, whatever – there are really just a couple of basic questions,” Mike Madrid, a former political director of the state Republican Party and a Co-said. Founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project.
“Are the lights on? Are trains running on time? And in this case, how have you managed the global epidemic?”
At present, the report card of Mr. News has been added.
California has record budget reserves, one of the nation’s Lowest rate of new virus cases And a Vaccine rollout After a rocky start, steam has started gaining. But the state also has Lagged behind the nation Reopenings at school and have Third largest unemployment rate.
Epidemiologists have warned that the virus may reopen as a state, but right now, the cases have not been seen since mid-October. More than 30 percent of the population Have received at least one vaccine dose And Estimated 30 percent Has survived an infection and has developed some level of natural immunity.
[See how experts graded California’s vaccine rollout.]
The epidemic may soon occur in California’s rearview mirror, except for a fresh surge or a fugitive version. a Recently voted by California Public Policy Institute It was found that three-quarters of California people believe the biggest crisis is behind them, and 56 percent of likely voters held an election.
One of the governor’s advisors, Nathan Klick, said, “In the face of an unprecedented global health crisis, Governor Newsom has pursued science and aggressively taken steps to keep California safe.” “His actions saved the lives of countless people and earned him the trust of Californians.”
Recall attempts are common in California and usually fail. Defenders of the governor say that it never met the signature threshold, a judge was not given an extension due to the state’s closure, one of many ways to recall and have an unbreakable relationship to the epidemic.
On Thursday, Mr. Newsom received the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine at a LiveStreamed event in Los Angeles when his administration expanded eligibility for all California ages 50 and older. Mr Newsom, 53, showed no concern for recall, never mentioned the subject and, after unloading his suit jacket to get the shot, flashed his muscles in his t-shirt.
“It’s been an exceptionally challenging year – so much fear, so much worry,” Mr. Newsome told reporters. “But now, growing optimism, not only in Southern California, but throughout our state.”
Yet critics and political allies said the threat of the recall was indeed large, and appeared to shape the governor’s response to the epidemic.
He cited the millions of vaccines the state administered and the billions of dollars of pandemic aid he was directing to small businesses. But his language showed California’s labor groups and progressives, which the state’s Democrats rely on to mobilize voters.
“When this epidemic ends – and it will end soon – we’re not going back to normal. The governor said that normal was never good.” The general accepts inequality. “
After publicly speculating that he would have more than 2 million signatures in favor of his removal from voters, he announced that California would change its notoriously complex, color-coded system of health restrictions. Will give. When the system was devised, life was so remote without the threat of the Kovid-19 that the state’s lowest strict post caution tape was yellow. But now, the governor said, he was adding a new hope “Green tier, “Abruptly tied to an attempt to call back his critics.
“Before the threat of a recall the governor told us that there was no beat because we could never be normal again,” John Flexman tweetedA former executive director of the California Republican Party. “It’s ridiculous how his science turned out to be political science.”
Similar allegations have also arisen from some allies.
Santa Clara County Executive Drs. Jeffrey V. Smith took the Governor’s plan to dedicate 40 percent of the dose of the first vaccine to vulnerable, poor communities. State index.
Mr. Newsom last month presented the plan as evidence of his determination to ensure that wealthy California people do not leave poor people inaccessible for vaccinations. But the policy change also helped Mr. Newsom politically.
A new twist in the system for the determination of health restrictions allows a county to move to a lower level, when a critical mass of vaccination was administered in a deprivation zip code. Many of those targeted zip codes were in Los Angeles, where teacher unions were refusing to return to classrooms until the county was out of the strictest level of health regulations. Parent groups, meanwhile, were demanding individualized instruction.
Dr. Smith – who has a lot of poor people in Bay Area County but virtually none of the targeted zip codes – said the vaccine targets were part of a “fake equity scheme” over Mr. Newsom’s willingness to open up the loss Was less than fair. Angeles.
“What is really going on has nothing to do with distribution,” Dr. Said Smith, who works in a nonpartisan position, but said he identifies as a Democrat. “It is the wish of the governor to reopen Southern California and exclude himself from the recall election.”
It is unclear how much voters will care about Mr. Newsom’s mix of inspirations. Former President Donald J. in the last election. Californians who are overwhelmingly opposed to Trump are unlikely to replace the Democratic governor if their main choices are limited to incumbent challengers, who are Republican supporters of Mr. Trump.
If a recall is placed on the ballot in a particular election, most likely, voters will be asked two questions: Should Mr. Newsom be recalled, and if so, 14 months or so remaining? But who should pay it during their tenure? So far, no Democrat has stepped in as an option, and party leaders such as fighters from Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders to President Biden have sought to maintain that united front.
The ensuing politicization is expected to be costly, national and corrosive. Recalling the proposers and their allies, they said they raised about $ 4.1 million, including prominent Republican donors, potential candidates like the state Republican Party and John Cox, a San Diego businessman who lost to Mr. Newsom in 2018.
The governor’s team reports $ 3 million in contributions, including $ 400,000 from the state Democratic Party, $ 250,000 from the union representing state government engineers, $ 125,000 from agriculture magnates Stewart and Linda Resnick, and small-dollar online Donations include more than $ 500,000. 48 hours after the governor started a website called Stop the Republican Recall.
Mr Newsom’s supporters have portrayed the initiative as the work of Republican extremists. The leader, the governor has said, believes the government needs “microchip migrants”.
Orin Hetley, retired Northern California Sheriff’s Sergeant who is the lead proponent of the recall, wrote a 2019 Facebook post that wrote: “Microchip to all illegal immigrants. Does it work! Just ask animal control. “
Mr Heatley admitted in an interview that he had written the post, but said that it was not meant to be interpreted literally and that he considered it as a “conversation starter”.
He said that Mr. News has imposed a number of restrictions on the epidemic and the country’s restaurants before eating in order to control the epidemic quickly.
Long-time Democratic strategist Derry Srigou has predicted that Mr. Newsom will survive the recall. But he said the Governor’s numbers indicate that his troubles with voters have not ended.
Last month, pollsters from Emerson College and Nexstar Media Group Asked Californians about the 2022 election. If they could, would they vote for Mr. Newsom again?
More than 58 percent of registered voters said they liked someone new.
Shaun Hubler Reported from Sacramento, and Jill Cowan From Los Angeles.