Democratic Governor Gray Davis is trying to shift the focus of the recall campaign against him to his Republican opponent. ItÂ´s a familiar formula Davis used when he became governor in 1998 and won re-election last year. The opponent this time is Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, who Davis is portraying as too conservative for California and unfit to lead.
Davis said on CNNÂ´s “Late Edition” Sunday that Issa is a “right-winger.” He said the congressman is against gun control, wonÂ´t support a moratorium on offshore drilling and doesnÂ´t support a womanÂ´s right to choose.
Issa is financing the GOP-led recall effort and is the only Republican so far to announce he will run if the measure makes the ballot. Issa insists that DavisÂ´ formula of focusing on his opponent wonÂ´t work this time around.
Recall supporters say theyÂ´ve collected more than the 900,000 signatures needed to qualify the recall for the ballot and expect a recall election to take place this fall.