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Is the Movement to Recall California Governor’s Gavin Newsom Gaining Steam?

Liberal-leaning leader sees himself as part of the progressive resistance to President Donald Trump — yet not all state residents are happy with him

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The movement to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been picking up steam — with a second effort just launched.

While Newsom has been busy propping himself up as the progressive resistance to President Donald Trump and offering free this and free that for illegal immigrants, many cities there are increasingly covered in trash.

Increasingly, homeless people are camping out in front of businesses.

Millions of Cali residents are also now in the dark because of the mandatory power outages taking effect to help stop wildfires.

The state is in a “state” of disaster, in my view.

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Sadly, one man reportedly has died as a result of the power outages.

The family of 67-year-old Robert Mardis Sr. believes he would still be alive if PG&E didn’t shut off their power in Pollock Pines, according to Fox40 last week.

“He had health issues,” Marie Aldea, Mardis’ daughter, told FOX40. “He had really bad COPD, which didn’t help, and he had congestive heart failure and other health issues, but the power going off and him not being able to get to his oxygen is, I believe, is what did it.”

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The family said that early on Wednesday, they were jolted awake.

“We were all asleep. We heard my mom scream. She was crying,” she said. “My dad went down in her arms. He was going for this oxygen machine,” as the same outlet also noted.

Though family members performed CPR on Mardis, the paramedics who responded pronounced him dead.

Newsom’s approval rating has fallen into the low 40s — yet he won his election with 62 percent of the vote.

The progressive governor is definitely facing some difficulties in his home state; his approval rating could continue to drop.

Actor and comedian Rob Schneider now has joined the cause.

Schneider took to Twitter where he tweeted out the official recall campaign information and stated that he supports the recall.

Two Republican politicians have launched separate efforts to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom — but political analysts say their chances of success are slim for now.

“Current congressional candidate Erin Cruz, from the Palm Springs area, launched her petition first in early August, accusing the governor of mismanaging the state and criticizing his support of certain policies,” ABC30 reported.

“She specifically cited his Medicare for All proposal and laws helping immigrants living in the country illegally.”

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“The secretary of state approved a second petition later in August from former congressional candidate Dr. James Veltmeyer, from the San Diego area. It says Gov. Newsom has violated the public trust in four areas: health care for undocumented immigrants, tax increases, homelessness, and sanctuary state and cities policies.”

“History would indicate both petitions are facing a steep uphill battle, trying to take down a governor who won 62 percent of the vote just a year ago, but a recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California showed his job approval ratings down to 44 percent in September, “ABC30 also noted.

Indeed, they do have an uphill climb. It’s not easy to recall any governor — but for the state to have a shot, more public figures like Schneider need to get involved.

Under California law, the voters have the right to hold a recall election to attempt to end the term of a state or local official.

In 2003, the state’s voters successfully replaced incumbent Democratic Gov. Gray Davis with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger in a special recall election.

Also, if this new recall effort does make it on the ballot, that could be a great incentive for more Republicans to get out and vote — and perhaps win back some of the seats that were lost in 2018.

A version of this piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com; this article is used by permission.

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