Here we go again: In case you missed it, an effort to recall Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger moved ahead late last week when Secretary of State Debra Bowen greenlighted an organizer’s petition.
The campaign to unseat the governor is being waged by Edwin T. Snell, a San Bernardino County resident who runs a political action committee called Recalls California.
The recall petition claims Schwarzenegger “no longer represent(s) the interest of the people and has betrayed the trust of the voters.”
Recall proponents now have until mid-October to gather just over 1 million voter signatures. (Snell only had to collect 65 names to get the petition certified for circulation.) Once those million-plus signatures are certified — a process that could take until Feb. 5 — a recall election could be conducted within 180 days.
The election, if it comes to pass, likely would be consolidated with the 2010 spring primary, in which candidates to replace Schwarzenegger will already be vying for the chance to appear on the November ballot. Schwarzenegger’s term expires in January 2011.