Our household’s vote-by-mail ballots arrived this week, followed soon by the official voter information guide.
We all sat around the dining table after dinner last night to go through the long list of candidates that applied to replace Governor Gavin Newsom, should the recall itself succeed.
So your first order of business — before you do anything else — is to open the official vote-by-mail ballot envelope and take out the ballot itself, the ballot return envelope, and all the assorted papers that came with them.
Using a permanent blue- or black-ink pen, mark the YES box in the first segment of the ballot, under STATE OF CALIFORNIA, that includes the explanatory text “Shall GAVIN NEWSOM be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?”
Gavin Newsom has amply earned being recalled.
Second order of business is to whittle down the list of candidates. Set the ballot aside for a minute or two while you review the official voter information guide. Turn to page 11, which is the first page of candidate statements. For each candidate:
- Read the candidate statement.
- If the candidate is “No Party Preference,” squint. If the statement describes any involvement whatsoever with anything labeled “socialist” or “Marxist” — OR — the candidate statement includes any of the words “advocate,” “solidarity,” “equity,” or “living wage” — OR — the statement is minimal to nonexistent, draw a big red X through the candidate statement. Strike out the candidate’s name in the list on page 10.
- If the candidate is “Democratic,” bare your teeth, growl, and draw a big red X through the candidate statement. Strike out the candidate’s name in the list on page 10. Replacing Gavin Newsom with another Democrat will not fix the problems confronted by the State of California.
- If the candidate is “Green,” drum your fingers, then draw a big red X through the candidate statement. Strike out the candidate’s name in the list on page 10. Replacing Gavin Newsom with an environment-obsessed candidate will not fix the problems confronted by the State of California.
- If the candidate is “Libertarian,” shrug your shoulders, then draw a big blue X through the candidate statement. Strike out the candidate’s name in the list on page 10. A Libertarian candidate will not garner enough votes to win. Just saying.
- If the candidate is Doug Ose, draw a big blue X through the candidate statement. Strike out the candidate’s name in the list on page 10. Sadly, Mr. Ose has withdrawn his candidacy because he suffered a heart attack over the weekend. We pray for a swift and complete recovery.
By my count, that immediately eliminates 13 of the candidates.
But some candidates have no published statement — cross those names off of the list on page 10, too!
That eliminates another 5 candidates.
Next, cross out the names of candidates you have never heard of — they do not have enough statewide name recognition to win.
After all the crossing-out, I am left with this list of candidates to choose from:
- John Cox (R)
- Larry Elder (R)
- Kevin L. Faulconer (R)
- Caitlyn Jenner (R)
That’s at least manageable.
Your winnowed list may differ. Whomever you decide to vote for, I urge you to not vote to replace Gavin Newsom with another Democrat. That will in no way fix the mess we’re in.
Follow the included directions to correctly mark, seal, and sign the ballot return envelope!
And while I have your attention: if your current State Assemblymember or Senator is a Democrat and up for re-election next year, vote against him or her. The State of California needs more checks and balances, negotiation and compromise. Lay waste to the Demoratic Party’s supermajority in State government!
Transparency note: I am registered as No Party Preference.