California Court Upholds Recall Vote, Issa Drops Out

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 7, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

California Court Upholds Recall Vote, Issa Drops Out

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 7, 2003

Sacramento, CA ( — The craziness continues in California as candidates come in and out of the recall process and California’s highest court allows the recall to move forward.

First, a day after pro-abortion actor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared he was running as a Republican for Governor, the California Supreme Court turned aside several challenges to the recall vote.

The judges dismissed the various lawsuits, ranging from contesting candidates who have applied for the ballot to the procedures to worries that punchcard ballots like those in Florida would be used in some counties.

The two-part vote will take place October 7th. Voters will first decide whether they want to recall Davis and then choose from among potentially hundreds of candidates to replace him.

Pro-life groups support the recall effort and call Davis one of the most pro-abortion governors in the state’s history.

Early in the day, the leading pro-life candidate to replace Davis bowed out. Pro-life Congressman Darrell Issa, whose financial backing made the recall possible, said he had completed his goal of getting the recall on the ballot and allowing the opportunity for credible candidates to come forward.

With Issa gone, the leading pro-life candidates appear to be state Sen. Tom McClintock (R) and possibly Bill Simon (R), who lost to Davis in the 2002 gubernatorial election.

Other candidates jumped into the fray on Thursday including pro-abortion Lt. Gov Cruz Bustamente, and former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth, who backs abortion.