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California Governor Gavin Newsom is facing the 6th recall since he took office in 2019 because he failed to defeat forces of nature, the pandemic and wildfires. Now comes Caitlyn Jenner to unseat him.

Oh no, not another reality show celeb running for office! Didn’t we learn a hard lesson from that from the Trump experiment, though it seems so long ago? And with Arnold replacing a recalled Democratic governor in 2003? Newsom is besieged with a Republican-led recall effort over mask mandates, anti-vax hysteria and not being Donald Trump. Also for his poor judgment in attending a lobbyist’s dinner party in Napa at the height of the pandemic, after he’d ordered the rest of the state to stay home. Keeping the schools closed hasn’t helped either, even IF it is saving lives. The California Teachers Association isn’t anxious to return to full classrooms, and they are his biggest contributor.

OK, so that Napa dinner imbroglio failed the eye test. But he’s the governor and has to TCB despite the pandemic. And by golly if that meant attending a hoi poloi dinner party to conduct state business, then Newsom made a less than supreme sacrifice.

I admired Caitlyn for winning the 1976 Olympic Decathlon, when she was still Bruce; the guy whose mother said, “If only he’d gotten 2nd or 3rd in the Olympics, maybe he would have continued in track or onto coaching, or done SOMETHING worthwhile with his life.”

I admired Caitlyn for winning the 1976 Olympic Decathlon, when she was still Bruce; the guy whose mother said, “If only he’d gotten 2nd or 3rd in the Olympics, maybe he would have continued in track or onto coaching, or done SOMETHING worthwhile with his life.” Everyone is entitled to choose their sexual and biological orientation, but not everyone is qualified to be governor. Maybe being the scion of the Kardashian family is considered applicable experience. Jenner’s platform is her objection to “one-party rule.” Last time I checked, Republicans held hundreds of state offices and 11 Congressional seats. Outside of LA and the Bay Area, many county and municipal office holders are Republican.

The pandemic has elevated the challenge of governing for all public officials. Newsom has been under fire for the various issues, including the truncated re-openings of the economy, problems with vaccine availability and who is eligible. Newsom has made mistakes, but is wrongly held responsible for widespread fraud with the California Employment Development Department, which has paid $billions in false claims. Since when does a governor interface with wonky agency bureaucrats?

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CNN reports that Newsom is also blamed for “his executive order to phase out gasoline-powered cars by 2035 and rolling power outages to prevent wildfires, among other issues. They also cite a number of issues surrounding his handling of the coronavirus,” as if there is a playbook or precedent for that. And it’s HIS fault that PG&E failed to safely maintain or replace their 100 year-old transmission towers?

Several Republican office holders have already filed to run against Newsom, and the RNC has given $250,000 to the recall effort, which has earned the support of Q-Anon, Proud Boys and other Trump loyalist. Republican John Cox, who lost the 2018 race to Newsom is considered the frontrunner.

Jenner’s position is that Newsom failed to overcome a force of nature, the pandemic. She whines, "Small businesses have been devastated because of the over-restrictive lockdown. An entire generation of children have lost a year of education and have been prevented from going back to school, participating in activities, or socializing with their friends." As if Cox would have made the pandemic disappear, or she will accomplish that. OR that Cox would have followed the leads of governors in Florida and Texas, and sacrificed his constituents’ lives in service to Donald Trump.

Jenner did not vote for Trump in 2016; she didn’t vote. The recall system is scary because according to NPR, “It can take far fewer votes to win the governorship through a recall than a normal election. There can be scores of replacement candidates on the ballot (as there were in 2003); Newsom can't appear on the replacement ballot, and it's possible no prominent Democrat will run. And unlike a regular election, there is no primary.”

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Democrats aren’t running because they support Newsom. So the claim that this is a “non-partisan” effort has the integrity of the claim that Antifa operatives rioted on January 6, disguised as Trump supporters. Don’t we have better things to do than waste $millions on a partisan-driven recall . . . like manage the pandemic?

Don’t recall Gavin for imperfection; recall Caitlyn for faulty wiring.

H. Scott Prosterman