Newsom had acted quickly to issue a stay-at-home order for his state — he was the first governor in the country to do so — and, despite the Golden State’s massive size and population, it appeared to be weathering the Covid-19 crisis relatively well.
His handling of the coronavirus was already leading some people to speculate that it might well be the crown jewel in his resume when he eventually (and inevitably) ran for president.
“I made a bad mistake,” Newsom told reporters shortly after the incident came to light. “I should have stood up and … drove back to my house. The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted. I need to preach and practice, not just preach.”
“Recall organizers say they have collected more than half the nearly 1.5 million petition signatures needed to place the recall on the ballot, and they have until mid-March to hit the required threshold.”
(Almost two decades ago, California Democratic Gov. Gray Davis was recalled by the state’s voters, creating an opening that Arnold Schwarzenegger stepped into.)
Add this to all of that: Newsom must appoint someone to Kamala Harris’ Senate seat and pick a replacement for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
So, yeah. A lot going on. And none of it good.