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Pelosi Supports Newsom In Recall Election, Says ‘Unnecessary’ For Democrats To Run

Pelosi Supports Newsom In Recall Election, Says ‘Unnecessary’ For Democrats To Run

During a press conference with reporters on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated her support for California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, who will likely face a recall election in her home state.

Politico reports that the speaker cautioned Democrats against entering the race in the recall election. “I think it’s an unnecessary notion,” Pelosi said at a news conference. “I don’t think it even rises to the level of an idea.”

As a recall election becomes increasingly likely, Governor Newsom has begun to take the matter seriously and is combatting the efforts to remove him with his own team. However, support from the Speaker of the House is likely a welcome addition.

“Pelosi threw her substantial political clout behind Newsom, suggesting national Democrats will continue mobilizing support, and predicted he would prevail,” according to Politico.

“I think the governor will beat this quite decisively, and we’ll all help him do that,” Pelosi said.Randy Economy, a spokesperson for the recall effort, said in an email, according to Politico, that Pelosi “needs to stay in her lane,” adding that more than two million Californians have signed the petitions to recall Newsom.

“The San Francisco political elite like to protect themselves and have no respect for the people of California during this historical recall,” Economy said.

Citing information from sources, Politico reported on Tuesday that former presidential candidate and billionaire Tom Steyer is conducting polling regarding the recall election.

Steyer declined to comment to the outlet, but a source close to him said that he would be “very, very surprised if he is looking at the recall ballot.”

Politico reports, “Newsom’s team is warning Democrats not to break ranks with the governor, arguing that having even one serious contender from his party engaged in the election would offer a clear alternative to Newsom and give voters the incentive to vote for the recall.”

Last week, Newsom admitted that he is worried about the recall effort and is taking it seriously. “Am I worried about it? Of course I’m worried about it,” Newsom said. “The nature of these things, the up or down question, the zero-sum nature of the question is challenging … so we’re taking it seriously.”

During an appearance on “The View,” Newsom was asked about the effort and commented on how he has only been in office for 25 months, but there have been 6 recall efforts made against him.

The Daily Wire reports:

He said that the list of grievances made by those who wish to recall him revolve around “issues related to the browning of California, immigration, issues related to low-carbon green growth, our climate policies, issues related to our advancement to end the death penalty or increase the minimum wage or advance pay equity.”

He also stated that the members of the movement are involved with fringe views and have ties to conspiracy theories, saying, “The top 10 proponents, the people who are behind this, are members of the 3-percenters, the right-wing militia groups, the Proud Boys, supported the insurrection, are folks that quite literally, enthusiastically support Qanon conspiracies,” he said. “So that’s the origin here.”

Newsom added, “I have to do my job every single day, but I’m gonna fight this thing because I’m gonna fight for California values and the things I hold dear, and I think the vast majority of Californians, regardless of their political stripes, hold dear.”

Politico reports that Speaker Pelosi also reiterated Newsom’s claims that the recall is mostly being pushed by extremist groups, stating that she believes Newsom will not only win during the recall election, but also be re-elected to the office in 2022.

“I do think we will defeat the initiative not because of who started it, the Trumpites, but because of the governor’s leadership,” she said.

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