Californians fed up with Democratic Gov. Gray Davis are taking to the Internet to express their disgust, as the website dedicated to an effort to recall the governor collects thousands of supporters’ names.
“In the first 96 hours since the Recall Gray Davis effort was launched, over 10,000 Californians have signed up to join the recall campaign at the official recall website, www.RecallGrayDavis.com,” former Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian, statewide chair of the Recall Gray Davis Committee, announced yesterday.
In a statement, the recall organization said those signing up on the website agreed to circulate petitions and volunteer their time to help qualify the recall for a special election. Although Davis was elected to a second term just last November, beating Republican candidate Bill Simon, the recall organizers are confident that enough Californians are dissatisfied with Davis to vote him out of office.
If the required 897,000 signatures of registered voters are collected within 160 days, a recall election could be scheduled by late summer. Along with asking voters if Davis should be removed from office, the ballot would include names of potential replacements should the recall succeed.
“Californians are clearly fed up with the corrupt and incompetent policies of Gray Davis. The people feel betrayed by the lies and deception Davis used to hide the seriousness of the state’s budget crisis, only to reveal the truth after he was re-elected. But Californians are taking action with this recall effort to save their schools, their public safety services and their take-home pay!” said Kaloogian in the statement.
The website includes a new “Questions and Answers” forum to address questions about the recall process. Also online are what organizers call the “Top Five Reasons to Recall Gray Davis.”
The recall campaign is not only looking to Republicans to support the effort, but also Democrats and Independents.
We are in discussions with leaders from all political parties to ensure that this is a broad-based effort that unites the people of this state out of their shared disdain for Gov. Davis’ deceptive methods and destructive policies,” Kaloogian said.
According to the Orange County Register, recalls against California state officials have been tried 118 times in 90 years. Those efforts have succeeded only four times. Former governors, including Govs. Pat Brown, Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown and Pete Wilson, have faced recall attempts 32 times.