The Republican National Committee (RNC) has pledged $250,000 to the California Republican Party to help in the effort to oust California Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. The effort to hold a vote which could kick Newsom out of office is a direct response to his handling of the Coronavirus pandemic in the Golden State.
It was recently reported that the group leading the effort to recall Newsom has reached the threshold of signatures required to demand a vote. However, the group hopes to hit 2 million signatures in the coming weeks to offset the invalid signatures.
The Daily Wire reports:
“Gov. Newsom’s authoritarian measures, blatant overreach and complete mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic have proven that he is woefully unqualified to lead the state of California,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Politico in a statement Thursday. “It is time the people use their constitutional recourse to remove him from power.”
Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki observed that President Joe Biden opposes any efforts to recall Newsom, even as the California governor has refused to use the word “recall” himself in his various appearances, according to Politico.
In order for the recall effort to go before voters, organizers must submit enough signatures to equal 12% of the number of Californians who voted in the last election, and the signatures must be verified by the California Secretary of State’s office. To recall Newsom from office, organizers will need 1.5 million signatures before March 17, 2021.
A spokesperson for the recall campaign plans to update the public on the number of signatures that have been gathered on Friday, according to Fox News Los Angeles reporter Elex Michaelson. Tom Del Beccaro, chair of Rescue California, an organization that has been assisting in the recall effort, has said that the 1.5 million signature threshold has been reached, but that they want an additional 400,000 signatures to prepare for verification.