Do Inland Empire voters want to recall Gavin Newsom? – Press Enterprise

Like many headed to Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, Debra Lallo is on the hunt.

But the 68-year-old old Yucaipa tax preparer isn’t looking for fish or game. Instead, Lallo spends her weekends in front of the outdoor recreation goods superstore seeking petition signatures in the statewide effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“Lately everybody has been running up to our booth to sign,” said Lallo, the lead San Bernardino County organizer for Recall Gavin 2020. “This last weekend at Bass Pro Shops, it was like ‘Whoa, what happened?’ The shutdown, shutdown, shutdown stuff is getting old and people are done.”

If the recall is to succeed, it could hinge on places like the Inland Empire and its mix of Republicans, moderate Democrats and independents that’s not the most liberal part of California, but not the most conservative either.

“It’s one of those kinds of areas that could go either way,” said Randy Economy, Recall Gavin 2020 spokesman.

The Inland region “would be a pivotal area for a recall campaign,” Marcia Godwin, professor of public administration at the University of La Verne, said via email. “There are enough concentrations of Republican and limited government independents that it is one of the more hospitable regions for recall proponents to gather signatures.”

Fueling the recall push is a backlash against Newsom’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including his stay-at-home orders.

“It’s Californians who have been angry at being locked up for a year,” Economy said. “Newsom’s mismanagement of the economy will be on his political obituary.”

About 300,000 California Democrats have signed onto the recall, Economy said. “The red and blue divide has been smashed. (The recall is) transcending politics as we know it,” he said.

In an emailed statement, Dan Newman, a spokesman for the Democratic governor, said: “Voters recognize that this is an incredibly challenging, intensely complicated, and critically important moment for public officials worldwide. That’s why the governor remains laser focused on vaccinations, reopening, relief, and recovery.”

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