House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, rejecting any idea that Democrats should present a backup candidate as an insurance policy during Newsom’s likely impeachment election later. of this year.
“I think it’s an unnecessary notion. I don’t even think it gets to the level of an idea,” Pelosi said Thursday during a news conference with reporters.
Pelosi suggested that the impeachment effort is being funded by supporters of former President Donald Trump and said all Democrats should help Newsom stay in office.
“I think the governor will defeat this quite successfully, and we will all help him do that,” added Pelosi, D-California.
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Supporters of Newsom’s withdrawal effort needed 1.5 million valid signatures from California residents by March 17 to trigger a special election later this year. Organizers of the effort say they turned in 2.1 million signatures before the deadline. Election officials have until April 29 to validate the signatures for a final count, but the governor has acknowledged that the effort was likely successful to force an election.
During a recall election, voters will be asked two questions: Should Newsom retire and who should replace Newsom if he is removed?
So the question for Democrats is whether they should put an alternate candidate on the ballot if voters, in fact, want Newsom out. Tom Steyer, a billionaire who ran for president in 2020, is conducting polls as a precursor to possibly entering the race as a backup candidate, Politico reported Tuesday, citing information from three sources.
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Democrats suffered a major defeat during the 2003 impeachment of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis when Republican movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected.
Democrats initially rallied in not running an alternate candidate to Davis, but Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante changed his mind and jumped into the race, sending a mixed message to Democratic voters, the Los Angeles Times reported.
On this occasion, Pelosi expressed her confidence that the Democrats will succeed.
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“The governor will defeat this initiative, remain governor, and move on to another election victory,” Pelosi added.