Law enforcement officials are probing into increasingly violent threats against California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his businesses, according to a recent Associated Press report.
Threats have been pouring in to the Sacramento Bee from law enforcement officials as the “Recall Gavin” movement gains momentum.
The “shocking” emails contained violent language about Newsom and his wife, his children, and even his businesses. One message included a threat to burn down a winery owned by PlumpJack Group, a hospitality business Newsom founded in 1992.
Brian Ferguson, a spokesperson for Newsom’s Office of Emergency Services, told AP, “We can confirm we are aware of these threats. Any threats against elected officials, including public or private property, are taken seriously and closely monitored by the appropriate local, state, or federal law enforcement.”
Newsom has been the target of a recent recall effort by those angered over his aggressive approach to handling the COVID 19 pandemic, including by closing down schools and businesses. Early on in the pandemic, Newsom was praised for taking the initiative to lock down the state, but there is growing “public unrest” as the lockdowns continue to hamper the state’s economy.
The official Recall Gavin website details Newsom’s failures as: “Unaffordable housing. Record homelessness. Rising crime. Failing schools. Independent contractors thrown out of work. Exploding pension debt. And now, a locked down population while the prisons are emptied.”
Lately, Newsom has also been attacked by state senate republicans over a recent finding that $11 billion dollars in pandemic-related unemployment assistance claims were fraudulent, and that Newsom did not take measures to adequately combat the fraud.