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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) conceded Tuesday that a petition to recall him will likely qualify for the ballot, thereby triggering a recall election against him.

“This one appears to have the requisite signatures,” the Golden State governor said during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” Tuesday morning, also saying that it’s the sixth recall effort against him. For months, he dodged questions about the recall drive.

Recall proponents announced last week that they had reached their goal of 2 million petition signatures. While only 1.5 million valid signatures need to be submitted by Wednesday, proponents need to collect an excess of that to ensure the petition crosses the threshold in case many signatures are deemed invalid. After submission, the elections officials will have until April 29 to determine whether proponents have surpassed the official threshold. If 1.5 million signatures are validated, a special election will be held in the 60 to 80 days following official validation.

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“Am I worried about it? Of course I’m worried about it,” Newsom told “The View” co-hosts. “The nature of these things, the up or down question, the zero-sum nature of the question is challenging…so we’re taking it seriously.”

“I’ve only been in office 25 months, just 25 months there’s been six efforts to put a recall on the ballot. This one appears to have the requisite signatures. This started before the pandemic,” the governor said. “If you look at the list of grievances from the proponents of this campaign, it goes to our values, it’s less about me, it’s more about California and our values, Democratic Party values.”

“I have to do my job every single day, but I’m gonna fight this thing because I’m gonna fight for California values and the things I hold dear,” he added.

On Monday, Democrats started releasing pro-Newsom videos and a fundraising effort to support the governor, flaunting endorsements from big names on the political left—such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and Cory Booker (N.J.). Stop the Republican Recall—funded chiefly by the California Democratic Party—has tried to link the recall drive to the GOP and the deadly January 6 Capitol riot. On top of that, the group has argued that ousting a sitting governor amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic would be damaging to the state.

Newsom has also framed his defense campaign as maintaining California’s progressive ideals.

“Immigration, issues related to low-carbon green growth, our climate policies […] [policies] related to our our advancement to end the death penalty or increase the minimum wage or advance pay equity,” Newsom said on “The View.” “I say that quite literally, that’s what’s at stake in this election, in this recall.”

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Newsom on Tuesday also brought up far-right groups some supporters of the recall drive have ties with, saying that these “are folks that quite literally enthusiastically support QAnon conspiracies.”

If enough signatures are deemed valid, Californians would then vote on whether to recall the governor. If they say yes, they would then choose from a roster of candidates to succeed Newsom. An unlimited number of candidates can file to appear on the ballot, according to Politico. In 2003, during the recall of former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger was the top pick and became governor.

Recall proponents argue that Newsom’s mishandling of the pandemic is the drive behind the recall. They cite to COVID-19 restrictions that have negatively impacted businesses and have forced many California students out of the classrooms for months.

“This recall is all about one thing: Gavin Newsom’s inability to meet the challenges of this pandemic and its consequences. Like a guy caught cheating on his … homework, he’s out to make it about something — anything — else,” Ron Nehring, a former California Republican Party chair who serves on the campaign of former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R), tweeted on Monday.

Nehring also had some criticism of Newsom’s remarks on “The View.”

“This is desperation,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “58% of Californians want a new Governor. Newsom is desperate to make this referendum on his performance about anything but him.”

“Elvis and UFO’s next?” he added.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Ranking GOP Member Exposes Pelosi’s Obstruction to Jan 6 Security Records

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As the one year anniversary of the January 6th riots on the U.S. Capitol approach, more information comes to light, particularly with regard to Democrats’ desperate attempts to prove something sinister was planned.

However, Ranking Member for the House Administration Committee Rodney Davis (R-IL) has unveiled new evidence that Pelosi is obstructing access to records relating to the security preparedness of the Capitol on that infamous day.

Davis wrote a letter to speaker Pelosi on January 3, 2022 laying out the timeline as proof for his accusations against Pelosi’s obstruction:

“In the immediate aftermath of January 6th, Republicans began an examination of the Capitol’s security vulnerabilities. On January 13, 2021, as the Ranking Republican Member of the House Administration Committee, I sent letters to the Acting House Sergeant-at-Arms, the House Chief Administrative Officer, and the Acting Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) asking them to preserve all records relating to January 6th” the letter states.

“Although the USCP immediately complied with my request to preserve and produce relevant documents, the House Sergeant-at-Arms and Chief Administrative Officer—the two House officers who report directly to you—responded jointly that they were ‘unable to comply with the request at this time.’ Now, nearly a year after this request, the House Sergeant-at-Arms and Chief Administrative Officer have yet to comply with my request.”

“Mr. Irving’s attorneys informed the Senate that ‘the relevant records are the property of the U.S. House of Representatives, and we have therefore referred the Senators’ request for records to the House Office of General Counsel for transmission to the appropriate House officials.’”

“I subsequently wrote to Douglas Letter, the House General Counsel appointed by and responsible to you, to request that he produce Mr. Irving’s communications. However, like the other two House officers who report directly to you, Mr. Letter has not complied—or even responded—to my request for Mr. Irving’s records.”

“Republicans again sought relevant records from House Sergeant-at-Arms and the House Chief Administrative Officer in March 2021 and, once again, the House officers who report to you ignored our requests. At that time, as various federal entities began to produce January 6 material to several House committees, Republicans made requests—including to the House Sergeant-at- Arms and the House Chief Administrative Officer—that all such material be shared equally with Democrats and Republicans. Both the Sergeant-at-Arms and the Chief Administrative Officer failed to produce any documents to Republicans pursuant to our requests, suggesting that these House officers may be providing documents only to Democrats on a partisan basis.”

“As Speaker of the House, you are the most senior elected official in the House of Representatives and therefore ultimately responsible for all House operations, not just those of your party. You appoint all House officers, who serve at your pleasure. You yield enormous institutional power over how Congress operates, including the security posture of the Capitol complex.”

“There is irony in the fact that at the same time House Democrats are holding witnesses in criminal contempt of Congress for raising genuine questions of legal privilege, you continue to obstruct Republican access to House records relating to the security preparedness of the Capitol complex on January 6th, 2021. This double standard only adds to the evidence that Democrats are weaponizing events of January 6th against their political adversaries.”

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