2021 Feb 12, 7:25pm
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National Republicans for the first time are jumping into the effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the party’s most aggressive move yet to oust the first-term Democrat.The Republican National Committee is investing $250,000 into the recall campaign, launching a digital and texting program encouraging Californians to sign onto a petition that would qualify the recall for a vote later this year.To this point, the national party had stayed out of the recall effort, instead leaving it up to local activists to gather signatures. Two state-based groups that have been helping to lead the push, the California Patriot Coalition and Rescue California, say they have over 1.5 million signatures and project they will have 1.6 million by the end of the weekend.Organizers must submit 1.5 million valid signatures to the secretary of state’s office by March 17 in order to qualify the recall for the ballot, but they say they are trying to gather hundreds of thousands more because elections officials inevitably deem some invalid.The RNC is partnering with the state GOP, which has also been heavily involved in the signature-gathering push. ...Newsom's opponents once faced long odds in qualifying the recall for the ballot, but they gained momentum in mid-November, when a mask-less Newsom was photographed at a crowded party at an upscale Napa Valley restaurant. The governor has faced intense blowback, with critics accusing him of defying the stringent coronavirus protocols he himself implemented.As part of the RNC’s investment, volunteers will phone California residents and urge them to sign the petition.“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 Chair Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “It is time the people use their constitutional recourse to remove him from power." ...Recall leaders have used the recent cash influx to pay professional signature gatherers. David Sacks, a San Francisco venture capitalist and former Newsom supporter, has given $65,000 to help fund the effort, organizers say; other major givers are also helping.The state GOP, meanwhile, says it has made 900,000 phone calls to residents asking them to sign the petition and has recruited 3,000 new volunteers.“Holding Gov. Newsom accountable is my top priority,” said Jessica Patterson, the state GOP chair, “and I am thrilled that our party is united behind this effort as we continue to build grassroots support across the state.”
I don't see how it benefits CA GOP, and why are they wasting their time on this. Let D's crash and burn...