For Immediate Release 30 July 2021.
Lead Recall Proponent Orrin Heatlie’s argument in favor of the recall and Newsom’s argument against the recall were filed with the California Secretary of State for inclusion in the Voter Information Guide to be mailed to each registered voter in California. The Recall Proponents’ lead attorney Eric Early today filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court seeking an order to remove Newsom’s false and misleading statements from the guide.
Orrin Heatlie said, “The messaging used by Governor Newsom is divisive and hate filled. He falsely claims, this is a ‘Republican recall’, a Republican take over and power grab, led by ‘national Republicans who fought to overturn the presidential election and launched efforts to undermine the right to vote across the country,’ etc., etc.” Newsom seeks to include these same flat-out lies from his supporters’ campaign ads in the Voter Information Guide and we have taken legal action to stop it. The Voter Information Guide is an official document and the arguments are required to be factual and accurate by law. We will not tolerate Governor Newsom using this platform to spread his lies any further and I’m confident the Court will agree.”
Mike Netter, Main Proponent and Board Member of the Recall Committee said, “Is the Governor that arrogant or is he so ignorant he doesn’t feel that the California Elections Code applies to him? The law clearly states his argument cannot include false or misleading statements. He simply ignored the law and we aren’t going to allow him to get away with it. We are putting our foot down. We demand he retract the rhetoric and stick to the facts, just as we were required to do.”
Lead Counsel for the recall team and California Attorney General Candidate Eric Early added, “Again and again this governor has demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the law. The statements he made in his argument against the recall are false and misleading and violate the Elections Code, which prohibits such language. He needs to be held accountable for misleading the public and we are doing just that.”
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