By Brittany Bernstein, National Review
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday defended California Gov. Gavin Newsom as a “great governor” and claimed that the recall election is “not good for children or other living things.”
During a press conference to speak about the American Rescue Plan and federal emergency rental assistance, Pelosi was asked about the upcoming special election in which California residents will have the option to recall Newsom.
“We have to vote and we have to reject the recall,” Pelosi said.
The California Democrat called Newsom a “groundbreaking” leader on progressive issues, adding that she’s “very, very proud” of his record.
“He’s been a great governor, and I’d like to see this, shall we say, nuisance — but it’s part of what you can do, so we respect that — but we have to also get out the vote,” she said.
“Reject the recall,” she added. “It’s not good for you. It’s not good for children or other living things.”
The speaker said she is ready to “get on with” the election and that Democrats aren’t very worried about it.
A majority of likely voters in a recent SurveyUSA poll said they support recalling Newsom — 51 percent to 40 percent. Residents say they have grown frustrated with the governor over his pandemic mismanagement, strict lockdowns and COVID restrictions and the state’s exorbitant cost of living, among other things.
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