The election to recall Gov. Gray Davis will be held on Oct. 7, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante announced at a Sacramento press conference Thursday morning.
Bustamante also said voters will get the opportunity to select a new governor from a slate of candidates at the same time, should Davis lose the recall election.
So there you are, California voter, able to recall the governor you just elected nine short months ago. Will you? I don’t know. Should you? Of course, and here’s why:
With all that going against him, Davis could very well survive the recall and emerge stronger, because the California Republican Party has such a strong death wish. Their best shot at removing Davis is to have Dick Riordan in the race rather than Arnie Schwarzenegger, but the Hollywood charm factor may prevent that.
Davis’ biggest challenge is that his well-honed campaign technique — sliming the opponent — really only works in a head-to-head contest. With a number of Republicans and Greens in the race, Davis would have to tout his own accomplishments, which are meager to say the least. So sign up Dick Riordan, Darrell Issa, Bill Jones, Tom McClintock, and Peter Camejo and lets see the fur fly.
If nothing else, it should be entertaining.