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Trump employee Richard Grenell will not run for recall in California

Amb. Richard Grenell, Former Acting Director of US Intelligence, speaks.

Richard Grenell, former acting director of US National Intelligence, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida | Orlando Joe Raedle / Getty Images

OAKLAND – Former Trump administration official Richard Grenell said Thursday he would not run to replace California Governor Gavin Newsom in the September recall election.

“I decided not to run,” Grenell said on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show the day before the application deadline.

Grenell is well known in conservative circles and able to raise funds after serving as ambassador to Germany and acting director of national intelligence under former President Donald Trump, and he maintains a combative Twitter presence. He has enthusiastically promoted a recall campaign targeting Newsom and has reached out to political actors to run, telling Hannity in May that he is “considering”.

But Grenell had also signaled beforehand that he would go in a different direction. Earlier this year he formed a political organization called Fix California, which focuses on elections and education, and he told Fox News that his pitch with donors focused on a long-term effort rather than “a sexy, quick fix like a hyped one.” nationwide race “. . “

Polls suggest voters in largely Democratic California are likely to oppose the recall, although Republicans have shown greater enthusiasm for the vote. Newsom also has an overwhelming cash advantage as it has unlimited sums of money to defend itself, and it has drawn seven-digit checks from unions and technology leaders.

If he had joined the race, Grenell would have joined a field that is already overflowing with Republican candidates. Assembly member Kevin Kiley, talk show host Larry Elder, and State Board of Equalization Ted Gaines have all campaigned for the past two weeks to join a GOP candidate list that includes former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, business owner and runner-up of the 2018 Governor represented John Cox, former MP Doug Ose and celebrity and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner.

Californians will vote on September 14th, although ballots will be mailed to all registered voters from a month in advance. The recall ballot consists of two parts: an upward or downward question about whether to recall Newsom, and then a choice of who to replace it.

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