Kevin Paffrath wants to fix California. The 29-year-old real estate developer and YouTube star is hoping that an election recall in California will make him the next governor.
During the pandemic, Paffrath made millions teaching people about real estate, stocks, crypto, and stimulus checks with his YouTube channel, Meet Kevin. He has over half a million followers and has earned over $10 million in the last year alone. Now, he’s setting his sights on a new dream – being the next Governor of California.
The hopeful politician is currently leading the polls with the popular vote. Out of 46 potential replacements, Kevin Paffrath has 27% of the vote and is beating out many potential Republicans, including conservative talk show host Larry Elder and Caitlyn Jenner.
Paffrath is using grassroots fundraising and social media to help his campaign. He is currently following Gov. Gavin Newsom around California and talking to reporters outside of Newsom’s events. He says that it takes some effort for people to want to talk to him.
“We have to combat, this ‘Oh yeah he’s a YouTuber, he’s a prankster,’” Paffrath said to CNBC. “We stand there very respectfully and reporters recognize us. They talk to us.”
The recall of current Gov. Gavin Newsom isn’t a sure thing, but many Californian citizens are pushing for it. This would be the second recall in the state’s history.
It is scheduled for September 14 and the ballot will have two questions for citizens to answer. Do you want to recall Governor Gavin Newsom? And, regardless of how you answered the first question, who would you want the governor’s replacement to be?
This second question is bugging Democratic politicians and the current governor and his supporters are telling voters to just leave it blank. They’re hoping that the recall won’t go through and Newsom will be allowed to stay in office. Political experts are advising against this and say that if Newsom is recalled then traditionally blue California could find itself with a Republican governor.
Paffrath, who’s a Democrat, believes that the party should have a backup plan and he’s hoping that it’s him. He understands why citizens are angry at Gov. Newsom.
Newsom has been in the news for how he’s dealt with the pandemic. Many Republican politicians are upset that he’s implementing mask mandates and school cancelations because of Covid-19. Others – both Democrats and Republicans – are frustrated with how the governor is dealing with California’s rising homeless problem.
“The reason I think folks are frustrated is we pay our taxes, then we look up to see what our government is doing for us with the services we’re paying for,” Kevin Paffrath said. “And we see people dying on the street. We see blight. That’s why people are leaving.”
Paffrath has big plans if he makes it to the governor seat and some of them are little out there. When it comes to homelessness in California, Kevin Paffrath’s platform says that he will house the over 160,000 homeless people in California in less than 60 days for $10 per person. That’s a big idea for someone who’s never been in politics. He proposes that beds and small apartments for the homeless be set up in commercial buildings that were abandoned during the pandemic and new emergency facilities be built.
Some of Kevin Paffrath’s more outlandish ideas include underground travel tunnels to help the traffic congestion that is common in California and Las Vegas-style casinos that would help the state officially legalize gambling. He also wants to set his sights on reducing wildfires and increasing water access in the state.
Even if Kevin Paffrath doesn’t become the next governor during the state’s recall, he still plans on running for the seat in the following election.