Despite signature withdrawals, effort to recall Sen. Josh Newman moving forward

FULLERTON >> Opponents of the recall of state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, have not convinced enough voters to withdraw their names from petitions to hold the special election, clearing the way for a referendum on the freshman senator, officials said.

“Sen. Josh Newman has spent months lying to his constituents by claiming people were duped into signing the recall petition against him and with today’s tally he has been unmasked again as a pathological liar who is unfit to hold office,” said Carl DeMaio, who is spearheading the recall effort. “We eagerly look forward to voters having a chance to vote him out for his lies and his decision to increase the gas tax.”

Derek Humphrey, a political consultant for the opponents of the recall, said that “millions of tax dollars will be wasted to redo an election the Sacramento special interests lost barely a year ago. It’s a shameful waste of money that voters will soundly reject and vote to keep Josh Newman fighting for them in the state Senate.”

Humphrey said the recall effort was “one of the worst cases of voter fraud in California history.”

Opponents of the recall have argued that voters were duped into thinking they were signing petitions against an increase in a gas tax to pay for infrastructure improvements, not a recall of Newman, who cast the tie- breaking vote for the tax hike.

“A lot of voters came forward organically and we helped them remove their signatures,” Humphrey said. “I think we handed in over 2,000 signature withdrawal cards. A lot of others did it on their own.”

It is not clear when the recall election would be held.

Also still to be considered is an appellate court ruling on a law aimed at slowing down the recall process that would benefit Newman.

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