Please vote NO on the MAGA recall of Newsom

After the last year of hell, you're all still registered permanent absentee, right? So you got your ballot in the mail yesterday, right? It is extremely thin.


The "leading Republican" replacement candidate is a far right extremist talk show host who doesn't support science in fighting COVID or believe in climate change. The "leading Democrat" is a landlord Youtuber. Neither should be Governor. Please vote NO on this recall.

He's famous on YouTube because he does videos about being a landlord and flipping houses. He's a landlord youtuber, like that's his genre.

The SFBG editors just can't help themselves and devote the first eighteen paragraphs (!!) to their Two Minutes Hate about how awful Newsom is -- and hey, they're not wrong -- but that's maybe not the best strategy to get out the vote.

He was a bad mayor and is a bad governor -- but the alternatives are way, way worse and the national implications are scary.

So now we are stuck with a series of far-right-bordering-on-looney Republicans who might possibly win governing the largest state in the nation at a critical time. We're talking about people who don't believe in the minimum wage, who don't believe in science, who are supporters of Donald Trump.

There's no way right now that any Republican can get elected governor in this state -- unless the recall succeeds. And if it does, the outcome would be terrible.

Let's not forget: The US Senate is split 50-50. If -- and it seems more and more likely every day -- Dianne Feinstein is unable to finish her term, a GOP governor would put a Republican in that seat -- until 2015. That would be the end of the Democratic majority. [...]

There are two questions on the ballot: Should we recall Newsom, and who should replace him. Because of the cowardice of Democrats, there is no credible alternative. There is nobody you can choose on the back side of the ballot. We are leaving it blank.


Nobody spends a quarter billion dollars to put a hack radio host atop the world's fifth biggest economy unless they're planning to do some *incredibly* serious damage to the people who live there.

Just to facilitate the Republican driven recall in California against Newsom, we are going to spend $215 million of tax payer dollars.


Seeing people asking over and over who they should vote for in the replacement part of the California governor recall, "in case" the recall succeeds. The answer is no one. None of the official candidates are acceptable, by definition. There is no "least bad". They are all bad.

You can leave the second part blank. It's not a test, you won't lose points. Or, you can write in Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, who should be the replacement anyway according to the state constitution. But do not vote for any of the clowns.

When a recall succeeds, lieutenant governor should step in:

Under the law today, we elect a lieutenant governor, who runs separately on the ballot (as in 17 other states) to serve in case the governor is unable to fulfill his or her duties. Eleni Kounalakis was elected in 2018 for just this situation. Being recalled clearly creates an inability for the governor to serve and should trigger the state's constitutional provision on lieutenant governor ascension. [...]

For those voting not to recall Newsom, it's still best to write in Eleni Kounalakis. They can express a preference for commonsense reform to the recall by doing so. Otherwise, the ballot looks like a multi-candidate GOP primary election in which the winner has significantly less than a majority of votes.


I've been pointing out that the CA State Constitution already says the Lt. Gov. becomes Gov. on a successful recall. I hope Kounalakis takes this to court.

Federal lawsuit seeks to stop or dramatically alter Gavin Newsom recall election:

"[California's recall process] flies in the face of the federal legal principle of 'one person, one vote,' and gives to voters who vote to recall the Governor two votes -- one to remove him and one to select a successor, but limits to only one vote the franchise of those who vote to retain him and that he not be recalled, so that a person who votes for recall has twice as many votes as a person who votes against recall," the lawsuit states.

Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

Tags: , , , ,

17 Responses:

  1. alexr says:


  2. Dude says:

    The SFBG editors just can't help themselves and devote the first eighteen paragraphs (!!) to their Two Minutes Hate about how awful Newsom is -- and hey, they're not wrong -- but that's maybe not the best strategy to get out the vote.

    Yeah... Tim Redmond just can't help himself. I mean, I love the guy and his passion for this city, but he never knows when to dial it back.

    I remember when Obama first got elected and he leaned hard on the idea that the Obama girls should go to a public school. Like, I get what he was going for (and how President Jimmy Smits did that on the last season of The West Wing), but he just couldn't wrap his head around the fact that the first Black president really shouldn't put his kids in a place where there isn't 1000% Secret Service coverage. And I remember Tim sticking to this as if it were a hill to die on.

    So... yeah, he has every reason to not like Gav and the two-party system is one of the biggest electoral anchors aside from the electoral college, but (just like we elected Biden last year), there's a "lesser of two evils" factor to consider.

    ...and Black people have been putting up with Larry fucking Elder since the '90s when he unironically dubbed himself "The Sage of South Central". That asshole is beyond evil.

  3. Bill Paul says:

    Yes, I already did the thing.

    I decided to vote no and leave the other side empty because after looking at the California voter guide and reading the candidate statements, I couldn't really bring myself to pick any of them.

    No, not even Angelyne the billboard queen.

    No, not even the guy who looks like the lead singer for the Buggles. (Dan Kapelovitz)

    No, not even the guy whose entire statement was: "Search YouTube." (Jeremiah “Jeremy” Marciniak)

    And no, most definitely not the guy who looks like the answer to the question: "What if Hitler and Zippy the Pinhead got into a telepod together?" (Daniel Mercuri)

    • The Doctor says:

      It's nice to know that the D's candidates made someone else's skin crawl as much as mine. I was researching them last night and thinking "I don't trust none'a y'all motherfuckers" with my head in my hands.

      Here's hoping NO carries the day.

  4. Eric says:

    Hey, remember when we kicked out a competent governor and replaced him with an action movie star who fucked up the state budget completely? Yes, let's do that again!

  5. If you need any more scary reasons to vote 'no', imagine a republican governor handling covid as badly as, say, Florida. or Texas.

  6. Jim says:

    Writing in the Lt. Gov. is smart.

    Also, off-topic:

    • I should note that write-ins for Kounalakis will only count if she registers as an official write-in candidate. She has until August 31st to do so. I wrote her in anyway, but expect it won't count - which is fine, since my second choice is to leave it blank.

  7. thx1138 says:

    The YouTuber (Kevin Paffrath) put out a call for volunteers on his channel. He asked for help sending text messages using a campaign management platform. Thousands of volunteers signed up to send thousands of text messages. A big "oopsie" was that the message of the text could be modified by any random volunteer.

    Letting thousands of randos send thousands of text messages on your behalf with an arbitrary message attached, surely nothing could go wrong?

    TLDR: Something did go wrong and now Kevin will have to explain that he doesn't know who sent transphobic messages on behalf of his campaign.

    • Jim says:

      Paffrath is one of the only two candidates running on an aqueduct, the other being Perez-Serrano, but Paffrath wants it across the continental divide to the Mississippi River, which is insane. Perez-Serrano wants it to Canada, which is slightly better, but Idaho is all we really need.

      The question in my mind is why in the middle of a record drought are only two out of the dozens of candidates running on building an aqueduct?

    • The Doctor says:

      So /that's/ what happened. Explains all the garbage I was receiving on my phone for about two weeks.

  8. Matt says:

    I thought the lack of a competent D candidate was by design. If they’d put a reasonable candidate up then any effort to campaign for that candidate would detract from the “vote no on the recall” message. So depending on how you look at it it’s either working as intended or a self-inflicted wound. With the current law there doesn’t seem to be any good choice for the incumbent’s party once a recall petition crosses the bar.

  9. Erin M says:

    Done. I just need to drop my ballot in the box probably this weekend if not sooner.

  10. Alex B says:

    Sorry, but your write-in probably won't count. They need to file papers to qualify, which they won't do.

    • Jim says:

      Nothing forbids individual county clerks from publishing their top write-in tallies, and some of them often do, but there's going to be so many this time that I doubt any of them will want to spend the extra data entry.

  11. This is the closest I have ever come to voting for Angeline.

  • Previously