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Leslie Marshall: I support Gavin Newsom – my 5 reasons to keep the governor of California in office

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This Tuesday, September 14 is a big day here in California, where I live, because it’s Election Day, the Californian reminder.

Currently, Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, is our governor. He is the candidate I voted for when he ran for office in 2018. I am against this reminder. I support Newsom and want him to stay in office.

Here are my five reasons for voting no to recall Newsom as governor.


I am against all recalls

I am against this election, not because it challenges the Democratic governor I voted for, but because I am against recalls in general. He spits in the face of the people and rejects the will of the voters. When I (and nearly 8 million others), an overwhelming 62% of voters, put Newsom in the governor’s mansion, we were voting him for a full four-year term. In a recall election, you can have less than 2 million people deciding who will run the state of nearly 40 million people. It is not fair and it is not fair.

I want my governor to have experience

If the conservative right’s attempt to oust Newsom from office is successful, he will most likely be replaced by Larry Elder. Now I know Larry. I love Larry. And just like Larry, I’m a talk show host. Larry is a broadcaster. He has no experience in managing and operating the State of California.


We are in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic. There are wildfires, homelessness, crime, and other issues that should and must be dealt with by an experienced politician. In 2003, when Democratic Governor Gray Davis was recalled and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, an actor widely known for being the “Terminator” and for what he looked like shirtless. He had no political experience and left the state of California worse off than if Davis had stayed.

Now is not the time for a callback. In case you haven’t noticed, we are in the midst of a pandemic. If this recall is successful (and the latest data shows it likely won’t), then Newsom would be replaced by an untested, unprepared and inexperienced individual who would put the state in months of political, bureaucratic and economic dysfunction.

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Newsom successfully led the fight against COVID-19

California is the most populous state in the country. And despite those complaining about the governor’s management of the state during COVID, especially mask warrants and closed schools, the governor made his decisions based on medical professionals, not on the basis of politics.

The governor specifically linked decisions to lockdowns based on critical care capacity (or lack thereof) at California hospitals. He listened to healthcare professionals and to advocacy from healthcare workers. For months, California dominated the country with the lowest COVID rates and the lowest death rates. E

Even now, COVID-19 cases in three of California’s largest counties have dropped three days in a row. Compare that with states like Florida, which in a single day last week saw more than 1,200 new cases. One in five new cases are in Florida, which has 18 million fewer people than California.

The governor is doing what the Conservatives are asking for: reopen the schools.

In Florida, they are at or up to 200% of the capacity of their intensive care units. We’re not at full capacity right now here in California. In Idaho, they are rationing their medical care and Alabama sets the record for children hospitalized with COVID. We see the same thing in Texas, with four regions at full capacity in their intensive care units. And without a mask warrant in their schools, at least 45 districts in Texas have had to shut down completely. The children of Texas are going home; the kids in California, including mine, are back in class.

There is no alternative

Those on the right are complaining about Newsom’s handling of COVID-19 and claim the warrants and mask locks are the reason they started this recall. But this is simply not true. This reminder is nothing more than a takeover.

Let’s be honest. If a conservative Republican could oust Newsom, a liberal Democrat, it would both be a huge victory for Republicans and start a fire under their voters in states across the country.

In addition to the governor’s handling of COVID, some would say education is a big complaint from those who want to vote yes on this recall. So, you would expect the best applicants to have plans to improve California’s education system. The choice of school, which most applaud, will not solve everything that is broken with our education system. And a lot of the things that the candidates are proposing (reopening schools and giving more money to teachers, counselors and tutors), Newsom is already done.

The governor is doing what the Conservatives are asking: reopen schools, try to continue by having students mask themselves inside, and have students and staff vaccinated and tested regularly.

Newsom has accomplished a lot

If you look past the French Laundry headlines, you’ll see Newsom has a proven track record. That’s probably why, even going into this recall, his approval rating is 57%. He ended the death penalty in California and put in place the biggest economic stimulus, pumping millions into housing, pre-K, debt relief and broadband.

He expanded the anti-poverty program, providing more money to Californians with young children. He also developed early childhood education and ensured that all California public school children received free breakfast and lunch.

It has banned hydraulic fracturing, is moving towards an end to fossil fuels, and has banned a pesticide linked to many deaths, illnesses and birth defects. He expanded Medi-Cal and increased ObamaCare grants.

On housing, he decreed rent control, banned evictions and turned hotels into housing for the homeless. On COVID, we have one of the highest vaccination rates in the country and we have been leaders in acquiring personal protective equipment for our health workers.


Ultimately, we are still in a COVID-19 pandemic. We have the delta variant and now the mu variant on the horizon. There are raging forest fires.

We need a competent and experienced leader to lead this state as governor. Gavin Newsom has proven that he is that leader, and hopefully he will continue to be after the September 14 recall election.


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