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Republican San Diego mayor might problem Newsom in 2022, as backlash builds in opposition to governor

Fed up with the California governor’s coronavirus insurance policies, San Diego’s Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer says he’s “critically contemplating” operating for governor in opposition to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom is up for reelection in 2022. Faulconer, a average Republican, didn’t run for reelection in 2020 and is ending his closing weeks as mayor of California’s second-most populous metropolis. 

“We want management — proper now,” Faulconer told Politico on Thursday. “Persons are indignant … and rightfully so.”

Matt Awbrey, Faulconer’s strategic advisor confirmed his issues to Fox Information. “Mayor Faulconer has acquired an outpouring of encouragement to shakeup Sacramento, and is strongly contemplating operating for Governor of California,” he mentioned.

The San Diego mayor mentioned Californians throughout the political spectrum “have had it.” 

Newsom was pressured to apologize this week after photographs confirmed him eating at a fancy restaurant within the firm of a number of lobbyists and even two of the state’s prime medical officers to rejoice longtime adviser Jason Kinney’s 50th birthday. Twelve folks and greater than three households attended the dinner at French Laundry in Napa County. California’s guidelines restrict the variety of households to 3 that will collect. 

Amid public backlash and accusations of hypocrisy, Newsom apologized on Monday, calling his resolution to attend a “dangerous mistake.”

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Final month, his workplace was broadly ridiculed for tweeting: “Going out to eat with members of your family this weekend? Don’t overlook to maintain your masks on in between bites.”

The governor additionally took warmth final month for sending his personal kids again to in-person studying at a personal faculty, whereas most of California’s 6 million public faculty college students remained in distance studying. On the identical time, California meeting members demanded extra particular motion from Newsom and different state officers surrounding reopening, significantly testing capability. 

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“I’m seeing and listening to extra frustration than ever earlier than with the governor’s hypocrisy,” Faulconer mentioned, noting that the governor was having fun with privileges most Californians should not have in sending his children to personal faculty.

He additionally aired the enterprise group’s frustration with fluctuating and inconsistent lockdowns.

As coronavirus circumstances resurge throughout the state, Newsom ordered an in a single day curfew in 41 counties that account for practically your complete state inhabitants of just below 40 million folks.

Starting Saturday, “non-essential work, motion and gatherings” in purple tier counties should cease between 10 p.m. to five a.m. Among the many purple tier counties is Napa. 

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Newsom’s newest stay-at-home order will final one month, till Dec. 21, however may very well be prolonged if an infection charges and illness traits do not enhance.


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