Richard Grenell in the United Nations. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A Trump loyalist with San Diego ties is reportedly considering adding his name to the Republicans who would challenge Gov. Gavin Newsom in a possible recall election.

Richard Grenell, who was press secretary to former Mayor Susan Golding, is interviewing campaign strategists and laying groundwork for a potential run, according to a report in the national website Politico.

Grenell was ambassador to Germany and acting director of national intelligence during the Donald Trump presidency.

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and and Rancho Santa Fe resident John Cox, who challenged Newsom in 2018, have already announced plans to run if a recall election proceeds.

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. 

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

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Chris Jennewein

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