In a prank, someone asked for Delta Air Lines help in recalling Newsom to gate A25 at the Atlanta airport. Delta paged “Recall Newsom.”
Sound on! Recall Newsom gets paged at the airport.
Vote Yes on recall California! pic.twitter.com/nOyTfoc028
— Brick Suit (@Brick_Suit) August 24, 2021
On September 14, California will simultaneously vote on whether to remove Governor Gavin Newsom from office and – if that happens – whom should replace him. While this is one of the most heavily Democratic states in the country, and the governor one of its more popular politicians in recent times, the pandemic has worn down the patience of many and his shut down orders frustrated them.
Things really spilled over when he was photographed not following his own orders at a super-luxe dinner at The French Laundry, but he’s hardly alone among politicians (the Mayor of Denver instructed citizens to stay home from a United boarding gate at the airport while the Mayor of Austin did so from a timeshare in Cabo).
Rules for the recall are a bit odd, in that if a majority removes the Governor whomever replaces him only needs a plurality of support no matter how low. Arnold Schwarzenegger became California governor through this process 18 years ago. There are 46 candidates seeking to replace Newsom.
He could be removed 51-49, and then replaced with someone earning just a few percent of votes. (Newsom could be removed even with by far the most votes!) Newsom does have a very slight lead in most polling.
This Atlanta airport prank surely won’t influence the outcome, but falls squarely in the tradition of great Simpsons calls to Moe’s Tavern:
Perhaps the best political prank announcement came last fall in the Montana governor’s race when Chris Christie was called on to do a ‘cameo’ video asking Greg Gianforte to come home to New Jersey. It didn’t work and Gianforte is now governor.
— Mike Cooney (@CooneyforMT) October 29, 2020
(HT: The Gate)