Luke Melia


July 8, 2003

7/8/03, 5:10 pm – California Recall

The NY Times is reporting that anti-Gray Davis forces say they have enough signatures to put a recall referendum on the ballot this fall.

A San Diego politician named Darrell Issa bank-rolled the petition effort to the tune of a $1 per signature. The number of signatures to put this type of referendum on the ballot is apparently 897,158. That’s somewhere south of 3% of California’s population.

One part of me wonders about whether we could have done this on a national level with Bush. There’s no question that there is more than 3% of the population who wouldn’t mind seeing a recall of W on the ballot. Another part wonders about the ethics of spending a million dollars to try to take down a governor so you can try to take his place.

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