By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As a recall effort intensifies, Gov. Gavin Newsom has an ally in President Joe Biden.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted, “In addition to sharing a commitment to a range of issues with
@GavinNewsom from addressing the climate crisis to getting the pandemic under control, @POTUS clearly opposes any effort to recall @GavinNewsom.”

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Newsom has been criticized for his handling of the pandemic and for his administration’s restrictions on businesses.

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Organizers of a recall campaign say they’re close to getting the 1.5 million signatures they need by mid-March.

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CBS13 Political Analyst Gary Dietrich does not think Biden’s opposition will impact the signature-gathering effort.

“It looks to me like Newsom wanted to reach out, Biden wanted to help,” Dietrich said. “It could well have some impact for Democrats in the state when the voting actually begins — if it does, most people anticipate sometime late this summer — to recall the governor.”

We reached out to the governor’s office for comment Tuesday but have not heard back.

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