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.
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.
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.
"[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.