By Jennifer Kerns, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher | All-American News
California Governor Gavin Newsom has another headache on his hands — on top of an already-failed vaccine distribution effort, still-high number of COVID-19 cases, and a lagging economy.
The new thorn in Gavin’s side?
An attack from his left flank — Silicon Valley.
Tech titans have begun pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into Rescue California — the official proponents of the effort to #RecallGavinNewsom.
The significance of the move can’t be overstated.
Silicon Valley has’t been politically active in the state in over a decade, ever since Silicon Valley titans Steve Poizner (inventor of the cellphone GPS chip) and Meg Whitman (of eBay success) faced off before Whitman ultimately lost to Governor Jerry Brown by nearly 30 points.
It appears that those political wounds have healed, however, and they are ready for the most-talked-about fight in the Golden State.
The development has to be shocking Newsom — a longtime San Francisco politician just up the road from Silicon Valley and previously the golden child of Big Tech, who ushered him into office as a young, hip, tech-savvy governor.
But the Bay Area is flailing — as is the rest of the state — under Gavin’s leadership, or lack thereof. Silicon Valley leaders are reportedly most disappointed with the botched vaccine distribution on Gavin’s watch.
Silicon Valley backer Doug Leone and his wife donated $100,000 to the Recall effort; venture capitalist Dixon Doll and his wife also contributed $100,000.
David Sacks — initially a backer of Gavin to the tune of $60,000 when he ran for governor — is now also funding the recall effort.
Rounding out the list, former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya — an early executive at Facebook, minority stakeholder of the Golden State Warriors, and normally a major Democratic donor — said he now supports the recall.
Whether the recall ultimately succeeds in ousting Newsom remains to be seen — there are many hurdles before that happens. But one thing is certain: the backing of Big Tech in the final weeks of the signature-gathering phase gives the recall effort the juice it needs to qualify for the ballot.
Once the recall heads to the ballot, that is a headache that won’t easily subside for the already-embattled Newsom.