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As the recall efforts heat up, local Democrats fight back

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Last Friday afternoon in Monrovia at the corner of Myrtle and Foothill, supporters of Governor Gavin Newsom took aim at the recall efforts against him.

The Foothill Democrats and other local civic groups took their defense of Newsom to not only the streets of Monrovia, but Sierra Madre and Pasadena on Saturday.

Sporting signs demanding the recall effort stop, about a dozen Democrats waved to those honking in support of Newsom.

Citing the Republican effort to oust the governor, opponents to the recall attempt pointed out the cost to the taxpayer.

The Los Angeles Times reports that an analysis released in June “projects the recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom will cost at least $215 million, less than what elections officials initially estimated but a large enough price tag that local governments across California will need the state to pick up the tab.”

Last week, Newsom attacked Republican talk show host Larry Elder, who currently leads the field of candidates trying to replace him, as a “a climate change denier who would restrict abortion rights and end the minimum wage if elected,” according to the LA Times.

“The governor called Elder a major Trump supporter — a rallying cry in a state won overwhelmingly by Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Newsom also accused Elder of being a threat to abortion rights established under the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973 and said he was a vocal advocate for hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil extraction method that Newsom supports abolishing.”

The Sept. 14 gubernatorial recall ballot will have two questions: Shall Gavin Newsom be recalled from the office of governor, and if so, who should replace him? If a majority of votes on the first question are “Yes,” Newsom will be removed from office and replaced with the candidate on the list who receives the highest number of votes. That person will then serve the remainder of the governor’s term of office ending on Jan. 2, 2023. If at least half of the votes on the recall question are “No” then Newsom will remain in office.

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