Gavin Newsom Says Recall Threatens Values After Campaign Garners Enough Signatures to Trigger Vote

California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday that the recall effort against him "threatens our values" after the petition garnered enough signatures to trigger a recall election in the state.

"This Republican recall threatens our values and seeks to undo the important progress we've made -- from fighting COVID, to helping struggling families, protecting our environment, and passing commonsense gun violence solutions," Newsom wrote in a tweet. "There's too much at stake."

Newsom's tweet also included a video criticizing the recall effort and those who created it.

"Who's behind the partisan recall of Governor Gavin Newsom? Anti-vaccine and QAnon extremists, violent white supremacists like the Proud Boys who attacked out nation's Capitol on January 6," a narrator of the video says. "And the same right-wing Republican politicians who supported Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the election."

This Republican recall threatens our values and seeks to undo the important progress we’ve made -- from fighting COVID, to helping struggling families, protecting our environment, and passing commonsense gun violence solutions.

There's too much at stake. pic.twitter.com/5ZEszlrcYl

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 26, 2021

Dan Newman, a consultant for Newsom's planned 2022 reelection campaign, wrote to Newsweek, "The Republican recall threatens policies and values Californians have proudly fought for—including environmental sustainability, gun safety, and embracing diversity."

The tweet by Newsom comes shortly after the petition, RecallGavin2020, reached the threshold of signatures to trigger a special recall election in California, which was announced by the California secretary of state's office.

According to a statement from the secretary of state's office, the number of valid signatures in the petition's 10th reporting period (March 12 to March 17) was 1,626,042, which surpassed the 1,495,709 signatures required to prompt the recall election.

"This now triggers the next phase of the recall process, a 30-business-day period in which voters may submit written requests to county Registrars of Voters to remove their names from the recall petition," California Secretary of State Shirley Weber said. "A recall election will be held unless a sufficient number of signatures are withdrawn."

In response to the announcement from the California secretary of state's office, the recall petition issued a statement which said, "Today the Secretary of State announced they received 2,162,774 signatures in the recall campaign against Gov. Newsom. Of those, 1,626,042 have been certified as valid moving the effort into the next phase. The final verification is due April 29. What was once dismissed as a long shot has become a historic campaign to remove the controversial leader from office in the highest populated state in America."

In the statement, Orrin Heatlie, lead proponent of the Recall Gavin Newsom campaign and founder of the California Patriot Coalition, said, "The People of California have done what the politicians thought would be impossible. This recall movement to remove Governor Gavin Newsom from office has reached yet another milestone."

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom looks at his notes before speaking at a news conference at the vaccination clinic at City College of San Francisco on April 6, in San Francisco. Newsom's tweet also included a video criticizing the recall effort and those who created it. Justin Sullivan/Getty

In response to the tweet issued by Newson, Randy Economy, senior adviser and spokesperson for the recall campaign told Newsweek that "it's too little too late on his end."

"He's blown every opportunity that has been afforded to him to be the governor of California. He failed miserably. That's why the people have risen and have signed his resignation papers and we're having an election," Economy told Newsweek.

Economy told Newsweek that he expects the recall election to take place during the first week of November, but noted that it could occur as early as October.