California Gov. Gavin Newsom is not going to be listed as a Democrat on the recall ballot in September due to his own failure to meet a deadline to register his party affiliation, according to a judge ruling on Monday.
Is this really a surprise? Newsom’s leadership during the pandemic has revealed his deep incompetence. If a guy can’t even be bothered to take care of such a small task as registering his party affiliation, how can you trust him to discharge his other duties?
Newsom threw his attorney under the bus claiming he made an error back in 2020, an argument that Sacramento Court Judge James Arguelles decided was insufficient to overturn a verdict that was made by California Secretary of State Shirley Weber.
Newsom sued Weber, whom he appointed, in June after she made the initial determination that his party would not appear on a bid to oust him from office due to oversight from his attorney during his office’s response to the recall challenge in 2020.
In February 2020, Newsom responded to the filing, meeting a seven-day window to do so, though he did not include his party preference. Thomas Willis, the governor’s attorney, took the blame for the mistake and told authorities he was unaware of a law, which took effect two months prior to the governor’s office’s response, that stipulated he denote party affiliation.
Newsom signed the rule change in 2019 after recall subjects were previously forbidden from indicating Republican or Democrat on the ballot.
“No one is above the law, and this ruling makes clear, that includes Gavin Newsom,” said Eric Early, who is one of the attorneys behind the recall effort, according to a recent report from the Los Angeles Times.
During the 30 day period, which went from April 26 to June 8, only 43 signatures on the petition were withdrawn, which left 1,719,900, which is well above the 1.5 million signatures that is required to move forward with an attempt to remove a governor from office.