California Governor Gavin Newsom has set up a political fundraising committee to thwart ongoing attempts to remove him from power. This is stated in a statement published by him on Monday.
In the summer of 2020, political opponents of the Democratic governor once again began campaigning for an election in which it is proposed to raise the question of Newsom’s resignation. According to state laws, this now requires about 1.5 million signatures of residents of the state who are eligible to vote. The organizers, who include Republican politicians, say they have already won the support of more voters. The authorities have not yet verified the signatures they collected.
Newsom said on Twitter that it would oppose these attempts. He said that a political committee was founded for this purpose, which will raise funds for campaigning in his support.
The governor noted on Monday on MSNBC that “California is an American state where it is easiest to put to the vote a proposal for the resignation” of an official. He recalled that his opponents had already made no less than six attempts to get him to resign in this way. At the same time, Newsom assured that he takes what is happening “very seriously.”
Opponents of the governor, in particular, express extreme dissatisfaction with the sanitary measures introduced by him in the state due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Critics call them too strict and point out that these restrictions hinder economic recovery.
The population of California exceeds 39 million people. According to this indicator, the state ranks first in the country. In terms of area, California is second only to Alaska and Texas.