California’s governor is running for reelection, and he’s already facing criticism from some of his most powerful supporters.
At least three Democratic senators are considering challenging the governor for his handling of the state’s fiscal crisis, which has put the state in the grips of a massive public health crisis.
The problem has been compounded by a rash of high-profile scandals that have exposed political leaders as incompetent and unfit for office.
Gavin Newsom is expected to face a challenge from Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a Democrat who has been the target of numerous sexual harassment allegations.
But it’s not just Republicans who are calling for the governor to resign.
Republican presidential candidate and California gubernatorial candidate Jon Huntsman and his wife, Jill, are among the governors who are pushing for the embattled governor to step down.
The Huntsmans are demanding that Newsom be removed from office.
Huntsman is also pushing for a special election to replace him.
The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
The issue is a huge embarrassment for Newsom, who was elected in 2016 and faces a tough re-election fight in 2018.
He is expected not to run again for office in 2020.
Huntsman has said the scandal will hurt his reelection bid, and the couple are also hoping the governor will resign.
A special election would give Huntsman an opportunity to push for a change in the law that would allow the governor’s campaign to spend unlimited amounts of money in a state race, but it would also likely put his name in a runoff election against Newsom.
Huntersman has been a frequent critic of Newsom and said he’s not happy that Newsoms administration is “getting away with this.”
“I think that’s not a good way to run a campaign,” Huntsman said in a recent interview.
“I think he needs to step aside and let someone else do that.”
The two governors also both have been accused of using campaign funds to pay for expensive personal vacations.
In the Senate, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon has accused Newsom of using taxpayer funds to buy expensive travel for his family and for his daughter, the Los Angeles Times reported.
De Leon, who has publicly criticized Newsom for his administration, is also calling for Newsoms resignation.
Newsom has defended his family’s use of campaign funds.
He also said Huntsman should step aside for the good of the party.
“We have the best governor in the state of California,” he said in an interview with Fox News.
“It is an unfortunate situation for him.”
Huntsham also said in the interview that Newsome is the “most dangerous person I have ever met in my life” and that he has no interest in running against him in 2020 because he is “not a candidate that I am considering.”
Newsom’s administration has faced allegations of political corruption and misconduct by his staff.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.