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Kevin Kiley on Recall

POLITICO caught up with Kiley Tuesday on the road for his book tour, which has taken him to 25 stops around the state. He said many Californians are watching other states relax mask mandates and reopen schools, and they’re frustrated and angry.

“I talk to a lot of people on this tour…a lot of Democrats,’’ he told us. “And the thing I hear most — and this is what I think makes the recall powerful — is that they’ve never been involved in politics before, they’ve never paid much attention to it. And now they’re out gathering signatures, and recruiting their friends. I think that’s a fundamental change.”

What would he have done? Kiley said he “wouldn’t have issued a school closures order in the first place.” Spoken like a governor, you might say (and publishing a book like one, too). Yes, Kiley has been buzzed about as a possible GOP candidate, should the recall qualify. But Kiley told us, “I’m not planning on it now.’’ He said he’ll “look at how the field shapes up,’’ but for right now, his plan “is to relentlessly campaign for the recall.”A

s far as the signature count: 1.9 million is not yet official, but look for an announcement sometime today.

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