[guest post by JVW]
Yeah, this sounds about right considering the central character involved:
Governor Gavin Newsom is doing everything he can to ensure he rides his late-pandemic popularity surge to victory in the recall election, but a paperwork snafu may keep him from being listed as a Democrat on the ballots, so he’s dragging his handpicked Secretary of State into court to correct his mistake.
On Monday, Newsom sued Secretary of State Shirley Weber—who he appointed to replace Alex Padilla, making her the first Black woman to hold the position—because his lawyer forgot to file a notice of party preference with Weber when he filed an answer to the recall petition in February 2020. The oversight would prevent “Democratic Party” from appearing next to Newsom’s name.
As Courthouse News reports, the Governor’s legal team only realized their “good faith mistake” in recent weeks and asked Weber to cut them some slack, but their fellow Dem shut them down.
“Weber, however, declined to accept the notice, necessitating this action,” the complaint reads.
Forgive me for a moment while I laugh uproariously.
Governor Hair-Gel’s argument is that one year ago he signed a bill which purports to provide voters with more information about the candidates listed on the ballot, so failing to acknowledge him as a loyal Democrat (yay!) might leave scatter-brained voters with the impression that a white male from a dialed-in San Francisco family who had the J. Paul Getty dynasty smooth his way into public office might actually be one of those nasty Republicans (boo!). So, according to his logic, his campaign’s bungling (the word even the usually-friendly Los Angeles magazine uses in their story) is outweighed by — don’t ‘cha know — public interest. Already the sleazy Democrat legislature has passed legislation allowing the recall election to be moved up 30 days earlier than current law allows, reflecting the theory that Newsom’s popularity is probably at the highest point it is going to reach now that we are coming out of COVID restrictions and the state is awash with budget money from Uncle Sucker in Washington.
It would be pretty awesome if Gavin the Governor loses the recall by a slim margin that can be reasonably attributed to bureaucratic error, the kind for which California under his stewardship is notable. But I’m sure that in the end Secretary of State Weber will come around and play loyal party soldier. Just another day in our one-party state: Cuba on the Pacific.