Gov. Gavin Newsom will appear on recall ballots without his Democratic Party label after losing a last-minute legal fight Monday.
Newsom’s team had scrambled to correct an error that will now deprive him of his party preference on ballots for the Sept. 14 recall. Newsom sued Secretary of State Shirley Weber in late June, arguing that the law imposes a needlessly early deadline for recall targets to request their party designation and that voters deserve to see that information.
After hearing arguments Friday, however, Judge James P. Arguelles ruled late Monday against Newsom. Arguelles had already played an instrumental role in the recall by granting proponents four additional months to gather signatures — an extension that ultimately coincided with the worst months of the pandemic in California.
Read the full article. Trump nominated Arguelles to the federal bench in 2020 but the nomination was returned in January 2021 without action. That said, this was a screw-up by Newsom’s team.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom will appear on recall ballots without his Democratic Party label after losing a last-minute legal fight https://t.co/OZpyf0UEB1
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Today’s ruling doesn’t change the facts: California Democrats are united behind Governor @GavinNewsom. We’re ready to organize to beat the Republican Recall attempt.
— California Democratic Party (@CA_Dem) July 13, 2021