No Shortage of Would-Be Governors as Newsom Feels the California Heat

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at the opening of the country’s first federal- and state-operated community vaccination site in Los Angeles, Calif., February 16, 2021. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
If Gavin Newsom falls in a recall election, here’s who could be poised to take his place.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W ell, well, well, how the tables have turned, now the shoe is on the other foot, etc., etc., etc. While Ron DeSantis basks in the Florida sun and Greg Abbott does the same in Texas now that it’s clear they did not turn their respective states into Jonestown-style death cults, Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom — once hailed as the political heroes of the COVID-19 crisis — are floundering.

So weakened is Newsom that he faces an all-but-certain recall election in deep-blue California. Around 1.3 million signatures of the 2.1 million turned in by organizers have already been verified. To trigger


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