San Diego Mayor Signs Petition To Replace Gavin Newsom

( Count Kevin Faulconer as one prominent politician who believes California Governor Gavin Newsom is doing a terrible job.

The former Republican mayor of San Diego said he is considering stepping up to the challenge Newsom in the 2022 gubernatorial election. On Monday, Faulconer said the state needs a change, saying there is “a growing frustration [with Newsome] throughout California.”

Faulconer is just one person who has signed a petition that has called for Newsome to be recalled. The petition says the governor “has failed Californians.” It cites rising crime rates, record homelessness, unaffordable housing, a locked-down population, exploding pension debt, failing schools and other reasons why Newsom “must go.”

The campaign to recall the governor sent a news release that says it had acquired 911,000 signatures as of December 28. That means it reached “the 60% milestone to remove the controversial leader.”

On Saturday, Faulconer tweeted a link to the petition, and wrote:

“It’s a new year. We need a new governor. Jobs are leaving, homelessness is skyrocketing, and the state can’t even issue unemployment checks to people struggling right now to get by. California is better than this. Join me in signing the recall petition.”

On Monday, Faulconer said on the “Fox & Friends” program:

“When we look at what hasn’t been happening from the governor’s office, the conflicting rules and regulations in terms of COVID, the hypocrisy, all of the other issues that have also been ignored here in California in terms of homelessness skyrocketing, our schools still aren’t open, this is frustration across the board.”

Faulconer further said that it’s not just Republicans who hold these opinions. He said independents and Democrats alike “understand we need a change at the top in California.”

Newsom has come under a lot of fire for his extremely restrictive lockdown orders in California, especially recently. He issued the first statewide stay-at-home order in the U.S. back in March. New lockdowns were issued on December 6 for most of South California, the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Newsom’s latest order forced the closure of all barbershops and salons, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, bars and casinos.

During this time, Newsom was also spotted at a packed birthday party at a restaurant. Most of the guests at that party were seen tightly packed together while not wearing masks.

Faulconer called out this hypocrisy, saying:

“You have to protect lives. We also have to protect livelihoods and that is a message that has been lost, unfortunately on this governor. We want to keep those numbers down, but we got to keep our economy moving as well.

“The fact that we have so many businesses shut in California, the fact that our schools aren’t open, I think that is why you’re seeing a growing number of Californians saying, ‘Enough. It’s time for a change.'”

If the effort were successful and Newsom were recalled, Faulconer said he’d “absolutely” run for governor immediately so that he could change the leadership at the top of the state.