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Faulconer begins testing the waters for 2022 challenge to Newsom

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, long-perceived as the California Republican Party’s best hope at capturing the state’s chief executive post, announced the formation of an exploratory committee to challenge embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2022.

Since the mid-March quarantine from the coronavirus pandemic, Faulconer has served as one of the loudest critics of Gov. Gavin Newsom from his perch running California’s second-largest city.


Two days before launching his exploratory committee, Faulconer backed the on-going effort to recall Newsom from his office.

Faulconer taps into Newsom recall with simple message: “New year, new Governor.”

Jan. 3, 2021 – Recently-departed San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has joined fellow Republicans in backing the latest effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom over his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s a new year,” Faulconer tweeted on Saturday. “We need a new governor.”

Faulconer is currently exploring a bid to challenge Newsom in 2022, with a likely decision on the matter in early 2021.

The recall, formally backed by the California Republican Party and other gubernatorial contenders, such as 2018 GOP nominee John Cox, has gained considerable political and financial support in the closing days of 2020.

The driving force largely lay with dissatisfaction with perceived hypocrisy on the part of Newsom – tied to his infamous dinner at the French Laundry – mixed with skyrocketing cases and hospitalizations that continued unabated by Sacramento’s heavy-handed closures of businesses.

“Jobs are leaving, homelessness is skyrocketing, and the state can’t even issue unemployment checks to people struggling right now to get by,” Faulconer said.

“California is better than this. “

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