Gas tax vote prompts recall campaign against Fullerton state Senator Josh Newman

By Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller, The Sacramento Bee | In the first political fallout from last week’s vote to raise the gas tax in California, opponents are trying to recall a rookie lawmaker who voted for it.

Josh NewmanCarl DeMaio, a talk radio host and former city councilman in San Diego, said Tuesday that plans are moving forward to launch a recall of Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, who voted for the $52 billion road repair package, paid for by fuel taxes and registration fees, just four months after he took office.

“This is the right strategy. There’s consensus on it. And we are moving forward,” DeMaio said.

While the gas tax is the impetus of the action, DeMaio said he and others in the nascent coalition to oust Newman are primarily setting their sights on the Democratic Party’s two-thirds supermajority in the Legislature.

DeMaio would not name any of the other players but did say they are working to get the California Republican Party involved, adding, “If they don’t take action on this, they deserve their superminority status.”

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said he’s monitoring the discussions.

“There is a desire to ensure that those who approved this attack on the middle class suffer the political consequences,” Coupal said by phone Tuesday. “People are really ticked off about this, so it would not surprise me if one or more recall efforts were launched as a direct result of this massive tax increase.”

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