Published On: Sun, Jul 18th, 2021

The Only Way Republicans Could Displace Gavin Newsom

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Commentary It’s going to be hard. Nearly impossible—but still possible. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, can be recalled and replaced with a Republican. Following my previous article, “Newsom Versus Davis: A Review of Two Very Different Recalls,” here’s how Republicans could have a chance at recalling Newsom and replacing him. This is based on both what happened in the 2003 recall of then-governor Gray Davis and what is different this time. First, realize that what’s most different this time is the short distance to the Sept. 14 election, now less than two months away—and the short time in office to do anything. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the winner of the 2003 recall election, served as governor for more than three years in his first term. The Newsom replacement will get just nine months from Inauguration Day in November to the adjournment of the legislative session on Aug. 31, 2022. Then there’s …

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