Newsom is on the precipice of a recall election similar to the 2003 contest that fueled Schwarzenegger’s rise to power, the former governor said.
“It’s pretty much the same atmosphere today as it was then. There was dissatisfaction, to the highest level [in political leadership],” he told Politico. “People are working very hard. People are making unbelievable sacrifices every day. … And you feel like, ‘Wait a minute, but Sacramento doesn’t really do everything for us that they promised they’ll do. We are working hard, but they’re not. They’re failing us every day.’ That’s what I see as the similarities from 2003. It’s the same vibe.”
Schwarzenegger, who dismissed the notion that there’s “a far right element to this recall” when asked, rejected Newsom’s contention that the potential recall was