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Is The Governor Newsom Recall Movement A Real Political Threat?




California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California State Capitol on March 13, 2019 in Sacramento, California.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California State Capitol on March 13, 2019 in Sacramento, California.
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The movement to recall Governor Gavin Newsom began before the shutdown, but it’s picked up steam during the pandemic, as some Californians turn their frustrations over shuttered schools and businesses toward the state’s leadership. 

There’s also anger over the pace of the vaccine distribution, as well as the Governor’s private actions, such as his French Laundry outing. And this anger has snowballed into a recall effort that’s now looking like it might trigger a special election. 

Recent reporting by the L.A. Times has also uncovered that certain far-right groups are connected to the recall effort, though the movement is now arguably mainstream. How might these ties impact the movement? How did we get here? And what would a special election look like? 

Guest: 

Anita Chabria, Sacramento-based reporter for the L.A. Times where she covers California state politics and policy; she tweets @anitachabria