Newsom Blasts Republican Recall Effort, Discusses Replacing Feinstein
Gavin Newsom appeared on “The Reid Out” with Joy Reid on Monday and made a couple of headlines in the process. The California Governor addressed several issues facing his state, including the California GOP’s effort to recall him and remove him from office.
But Newsom seems to have made more of a splash on social media by telling Reid that not only would he consider appointing a Black woman to replace Senator Dianne Feinstein should she retire, he already has several contenders in mind.
The issue of Senator Feinstein has got a little bit louder recently after she displayed some troubling behavior during recent hearings where she seemed disoriented. She was also seen embracing Republican colleagues who weren’t wearing masks, which could be dangerous to the 91-year-old Feinstein. Newsom told Reid that once Feinstein makes the decision to retire, he is committed to replacing her with a Black woman.
BREAKING: Asked if he would consider nominating an African American woman to the Senate if Dianne Feinstein were to retire, Governor Gavin Newsom said, "We have multiple names in mind and the answer is yes."https://t.co/8zkn7in01T
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) March 16, 2021
Governor Newsom also tweeted his response to the GOP effort to remove him from office, which he continues to call “a distraction” from the COVID19 relief efforts and other issues that are important to his state. Newsom has lined up support from state and national Democrats to defeat the campaign against him. The committee started the drive with an advertisement attacking the recall effort as a Republican power grab. New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker said in a statement released by the committee that Newsom’s leadership during the pandemic “kept Californians safe and helped them recover financially”.
I won’t be distracted by this partisan, Republican recall — but I will fight it.
There is too much at stake.
Getting Californians vaccinated, our economy safely reopened, and our kids back in school are simply too important to risk.
Join us: https://t.co/Jfpe1IlF4m
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 15, 2021
The governor made his most direct comments to date on the recall last Friday in an interview with San Francisco’s KQED news radio station, depicting the effort as a challenge to his administration’s progressive policies and not a reaction to his leadership during the pandemic that has claimed over 55,000 lives in California.
“It’s about immigration. It’s about our healthcare policies. It’s about our criminal justice reform. It’s about the diversity of the state. It’s about our clean air, clean water programs, meeting our environmental strategies,” he told KQED.