Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks outside a new vaccine distribution center. Courtesy of his office

President Biden’s press secretary said Tuesday the President opposes the Republican-backed recall effort against Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Jen Psaki said the two Democratic lawmakers agree on a range of issues and Biden “clearly opposes any effort to recall” the California governor.

The recall effort led by retired Yolo County Deputy Sheriff Orrin Heatlie says it has collected more than 1.3 million signatures toward the 1.5 million needed by March 17 to force a recall election. 

The group has raised $2.5 million, largely from prominent Republican donors who backed President Trump.

The effort picked up momentum after the surge in coronavirus infections led to a second lockdown and Newsom appeared unmasked at a lobbyist dinner at the swanky French Laundry restaurant.

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has announced his intention of running against Newsom if a recall election is set.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.