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The California Republican Party is endorsing two long-shot efforts to force Gov. Gavin Newsom out of office, but won’t throw its money behind the proposals.
Jessica Patterson, chairwoman of the CA GOP, on Monday verified a fundraising email the state party sent to its supporters on Saturday highlighting its board of directors’ vote to “support both current efforts to recall Governor Gavin Newsom.”
The endorsement reflects enthusiasm among a vocal base of Republicans who want to oust Newsom less than a year since he took office, and it gives more attention to a pair of recall efforts carried by former Southern California GOP congressional candidates.
The two committees leading the effort to recall Newsom have reported raising nearly $53,000, according to filings made with the Secretary of State’s Office. Republican congressional candidate Erin Cruz raised $5,000 through her RAN Action Fund, while San Diego physician James Veltmeyer raised nearly $48,000 through his “Californians to Recall Gavin Newsom” coalition. Veltmeyer is also a former Republican congressional candidate.
In a November interview with One American News, a right-wing television channel, Cruz said she launched the proposal in an effort to get California “back on track” because Newsom “has been running this state into the ground.”
On his website, Veltmeyer says he wants Newsom out of office because of the state’s tax policy, handling of homelessness and expanded protections for people who unlawfully entered the country.
Despite the lack of party funding into the effort of Cruz and Veltmeyer, Patterson insists she’s fully supportive of their calls for Newsom’s removal.
She believes the state has experienced “third world problems” under Newsom’s leadership, including a string of power shutoffs from PG&E, widespread homelessness and an affordability crisis with high costs for housing and transportation.
“There’s a huge amount of support for it,” Patterson said of the petitions calling for Newsom’s ouster. “Don’t get me wrong. I do know that this is an uphill battle, but it gives us an opportunity to connect with voters right now. People are fired up. People are angry about the arrogance and overreach of California Democrats. Every single chance that the governor has the opportunity to do the right thing, he chooses not to.”
The state GOP’s Vice Chairman Peter Kuo and Treasurer Gregory Gandrud urged the party to endorse the recalls at the board’s Nov. 16 meeting and the 21-member body approved it. The party declined to share details about the voting breakdown, as it considers itself a private organization.
Support for Newsom has dropped among likely California voters since he took office in January.
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