Newsom says San Francisco DA recall was ‘predictable’, national attention on election not warranted

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California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday called this week’s recall of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin “predictable,” adding that he believes it does not deserve national media attention.

“It was so predictable, predictable, especially after the school board recall,” Newsom, who was once the mayor of San Francisco, said in an interview with FOX 11 Los Angeles host Elex Michaelson. “Nothing about that was surprising.”

He said he didn’t think the recall warranted the national attention he received as the “arbiter of something larger. I thought the pundits were a bit overwhelming about it,” he said. he declared.

“I think the problem in San Francisco, in particular, is that people want the streets cleaned up — period. Period. Enough,” he told Michaelson on the FOX 11 political show “The Issue Is”. “They want the streets cleaned up. They want a sense of order from the mess they feel on the streets.”

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Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to the media in Carson, California on May 17, 2022.
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He continued: ‘Now crime is a component of that, but there’s a lot of confusion of those issues’, including mental health, open drug use, drug dealing and ‘dirtiness in some parts. of the city. And tag, the DA was, which means there was a certain attachment to accountability and responsibility.”

He said all San Francisco elected officials are responsible for street conditions, but “especially the district attorney.”

When the host asked him if Democrats were responsible for issues like homelessness in San Francisco and other cities, he replied “absolutely”, but added that cities across the country have the same problems – Democrats and Republicans.

“It’s right to focus on areas for improvement, not necessarily unique and distinctive,” he said.

District Attorney Chesa Boudin hugs a supporter Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in San Francisco.

District Attorney Chesa Boudin hugs a supporter Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in San Francisco.
(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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Michaelson was speaking to Newsom at the International Summit of the Americas held in Los Angeles this week.

In the hotly contested Los Angeles mayoral race, the governor said he didn’t get involved and was friends and worked with both billionaire Rick Caruso and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., who will face off in a runoff in November. .

The governor easily won his own primary this week, but said he didn’t host election night because “November is a lifetime.”

He said he was working on the budget and going through emails when his victory was announced.

Newsom added that the state will send gasoline checks to counter record gasoline prices over the next few weeks and said California is working to codify Roe v. Wade, who is nationally endangered.

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And on the gun violence epidemic, the governor said the state is still working on an infamous bill he says is based on Texas’ six-week abortion ban that allows people to prosecute private citizens.

President Biden campaigned for California Governor Gavin Newsom in the gubernatorial recall election, which he defeated, last September in Long Beach.

President Biden campaigned for California Governor Gavin Newsom in the gubernatorial recall election, which he defeated, last September in Long Beach.
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He said the initiative will have “real consequences” in getting illegal guns off the streets.

Newsom previously said he would pass a law based on the Texas abortion law, which he condemned, that would allow private citizens to sue anyone who manufactures, sells or distributes assault-type weapons in the state.

The governor also told the host he was concerned about ‘what is happening with the Democratic Party’ nationally taking the lead on issues such as a woman’s right to choose and control. guns, claiming that President Biden is the president and not the leader of the party. And neither did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

He said he asked the question before out of “frustration” and was criticized by some party members.

“I don’t want to take a cheap shot,” he said, but added that he was concerned about the narrative and the leadership within the Democratic Party.

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“Where the hell are we as a party to capture the narrative, to capture the imagination of the American people?” he asked rhetorically.

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