The San Diego Union-Tribune reports 51% would approve ouster of governor, survey finds. The wording of the headline is a little obtuse, but a quick read of the first few paragraphs makes it clear that it is a poll of likely voters, and their voting intentions. *(The headline implies support of non-voters, which is not the case.)
The article also discusses some of the potential candidates if Davis were recalled. Darrell Issa, a Republican congressman from Vista (suburban San Diego) is the only major candidate thus far. However, several other Republicans appear to be interested, which could create a problem for the GOP. If the Democrats field one candidate, on a ballot with three or four Republicans (and the usual crop of minor candidates), the chances are very good that the Dem will win. I personally don't think that Issa is the best candidate the GOP has to offer; he is too conservative for California as a whole. However, he has been the primary source of funds for the recall effort, and he was the first to announce a candidacy. The moderate wing of the GOP either needs to field a single candidate now, throw their support behind Issa, or risk having the unpopular Davis get recalled but with a Democratic successor.
(Link courtesy of Ipse Dixit, which actually linked to a related article. Make sure to read his link as well.)
posted on July 20, 2003 11:31 AM
Whoever succeeds Gray-Out Davis will have a lot on his/her shoulders. Romney has been doing the best job he can to balance the state budget in Massachusetts without raising taxes. Any Republican is bound to do a better job than a Democrat to fix California.