California Recall

Newsom incurs Calif. reporters’ wrath, grants rare recall interview to national magazine

As he counts down the days to a close recall election, it seems Gov. Gavin Newsom is struggling to quit a few habits.

One of them? Ditching California reporters for national publicity, even on local topics.

That habit came back to light Friday when The Atlantic published a rare interview with Newsom on the recall, sparking en masse blowback from California’s Capitol beat reporters.

In the interview with The Atlantic, Newsom acknowledges the distinct possibility that he could lose the recall election.

When I met with Newsom, he was taking the polls seriously. ‘I’m now feeling the weight of this decision, and a weight of responsibility to defeat this, and also the responsibility that if we fall short, I’m going to own that,’ he said. He mentioned to me some of his recent initiatives, including the injection of billions of dollars of federal relief money into the state budget and signing a bill to expand health care to undocumented workers. ‘If I do fall short, I’ll regret every damn one of those decisions. And I don’t want to have any regrets for putting everything out there and doing … what I think is right and what I think is in the best interest of California.'”

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at