Newsom’s bid to be listed as “Democrat” on recall ballot rejected by judge after he missed deadline

California Governor Newsom’s bid to be listed as “Democrat” on the recall ballot has been rejected by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James Arguelles after he had missed the deadline to submit his party affiliation to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber.

Newsom argued it was a mistake and sued for his party affiliation to be listed anyway.

Republicans then argued Newsom believes he can change the rules everyone else must follow.

Attorney Eric Early, who supported the recall said  “at base this comes down to whether the governor of California has to follow the unambiguous law — and it just so happens, a law that he signed.”

Judge James Arguelles concluded the law “unambiguously precludes party information from appearing on a recall ballot where the elected officer fails timely to make the designation.”

Early praised the ruling , saying “He followed the law, and that’s all we can ask for. No one is above the law, and this ruling makes clear that includes Gavin Newsom.”