The Los Angeles Times reports that a grassroots effort to recall Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon over his decision last year to shelve a single-payer healthcare measure has sputtered, according to organizers.
The Recall Rendon campaign posted on Facebook that their attempt to recall Rendon, a Democrat from Paramount, “will not move forward,” explaining that collecting the required 23,000 signatures was too burdensome.
Stephen Elzie, an attorney working with the recall effort, said some involved with the campaign are now turning their attention to trying to oust Rendon in the fall. He is being challenged by Maria Estrada, a progressive activist.
“For the most part, we’ve shifted gears. People working on the recall are now working on Maria’s campaign,” Elzie said.
Rendon has faced progressive ire since last summer, when he decided to shelve Senate Bill 562, a measure to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California. Rendon said the proposal was “woefully incomplete,” pointing to the lack of a funding plan and barriers to implementation from the federal government and the state’s Constitution.
The bottom line: Rendon has done a good job as speaker. He should never have been targeted by a recall and he deserves to be re-elected.