The latest attempt to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom gathered a few hundred hopefuls in San Diego on Sunday, chanting police supportive slogans and carrying signs that advocated “Open California Now” and “My Rights Can’t Be Regulated.”
“Today, we are fighting a tyrannical and oppressive governor in Sacramento, but we’re going to win,” Ramona resident and event emcee Dan Summers said exhorting the crowd. “When somebody steps over the line and takes away our constitutional rights, it’s our right, responsibility and duty to recall that individual.”
The effort, launched June 10, is the third attempt in 18 months to remove Newsom, a Democrat elected in 2018. The first petition begun in Aug. 2 by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Erin Cruz received more than 350,000 signatures by the Feb. 13 deadline, but fell short of the nearly 1.5 million needed.
A second petition launched four days later by Republican U.S. House candidate James Veltmeyer was abandoned in January with no signatures submitted.
The most recent effort, headed by Yolo County Deputy Sheriff Orrin Heatlie, has until Nov. 17 to acquire the needed signatures.
Organizers of the latest push are attempting to rally supporters who have been opposed to Newsom’s restrictions imposed