September 25, 2021

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Commentary: Lessons for Newsom, Democrats from the last recall effort

In summary

California Democrats and Gov. Gavin Newsom would do well to remember the successful recall effort against Gov. Gray Davis.

By Garry South, Special to CalMatters

Garry South is a veteran Democratic strategist who managed Gray Davis’ successful gubernatorial campaigns in 1998 and 2002 and was senior advisor to Gavin Newsom’s first run for governor in 2008-09, before Newsom exited the race, [email protected]

Gov. Gray Davis made history on Oct. 7, 2003, by becoming only the second governor in the lifetime of the U.S. to be recalled by voters. The only other was a governor of faraway North Dakota in 1921.

With Gov. Gavin Newsom now under threat of recall himself, Democrats would do well to remember the successful recall effort against Davis, from which some lessons can be learned.