Democratic political strategist Garry South joined Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster to talk about the potential recall of Governor Gavin Newsom. South is uniquely positioned to weigh in on the subject: he headed Governor Gray Davis’ 1998 and 2002 gubernatorial campaigns, and ran Gavin Newsom’s first campaign for Governor back in 2009.
South notes that the current recall effort will qualify for the ballot only because of the unique circumstances of 2020: the usual four-month signature-gathering period was extended – doubled, in fact – due to the pandemic, allowing organizers to meet the requisite 1,495,709 signatures.
Also, since South correctly predicted that Alex Padilla would be Gov. Newsom’s pick to replace Kamala Harris in the US Senate, we asked him who he thinks will be named Attorney General to replace Xavier Becerra. (Hint: it’s not a certain big-city mayor.)