Richard Grenell, former ambassador to Germany and DNI head under President Tump, made a shocking insinuation during an impassioned speech at CPAC 2021 on Friday evening, hinting that he may be ready to replace Gavin Newsom as the Governor of California.
The news comes as Newsom continues to come under fire from all corners for his disastrous handling of the Coronavirus crisis, which has engendered many residents to begin a petition to have him recalled as California’s governor.
As The Hill reports:
“If you want the best case possible for a recall campaign, take a look at my home state of California. California used to be Reagan country, the shining example of business innovation and middle-class success. But now when you think of California, you think of out-of-control wildfires, of rolling blackouts, of schools still closed, of shuttered business, of bans on fracking, and on wealthy people jumping the vaccine line,” he told a raucous crowd.
“In my three decades in American politics I have never seen a better case for a recall than there is right now in California,” he added. “And of course, if a public official is still failing to deliver on their promises, and if you can’t limit their term or recall them in time, there’s always one other option: You can run against them yourself.”
Mercedes Schlapp, another former White House official, praised Grenell after his speech, saying on stage, “I don’t know, I think he’d make a great governor of California.”
The remarks come amid reports that Grenell is exploring a bid for governor if the effort to recall Newsom moves forward.