Larry Elder Enters California’s Recall Race

Talk radio host Larry Elder has announced he will run for governor of California in the states upcoming recall election. Elder posted a video to Twitter on the morning of July 13th stating, “you asked me to do it, so I am going to do it. I’m entering this campaign to recall this smug, corrupt governor, Gavin Newsom,” he went on to say “it’s going to take an army, he can raise unlimited amounts of money and spend unlimited amounts of money.” California is set to hold a recall election on September 14th in an attempt to remove first-term Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom.

Elder hosts a nationally syndicated radio show and is a frequent guest on Fox News. He told the Associated Press he was initially “reluctant to become a candidate in a state where Democrats hold a lopsided grip on power” but decided to run after seeing California’s homelessness problem, skyrocketing crime rate, water and power shortages, and pseudo-scientific covid-19 lockdowns. Elder also told the A.P. that he believes “this is a race between Gavin Newsom and me. I don’t think about the other candidates” and suggested that “his name recognition, outsider status, and communication skills separate him from the crowd.” The crowded field of candidates attempting to oust Newsom in the recall election include entrepreneur Anthony Trimino, and former Olympian turned reality T.V. star Caitlyn Jenner. As well as former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, former gubernatorial candidate John Cox, who lost to Newsom in 2018, state assemblyman Kevin Kiley and former U.S. representative Doug Ose.

Newsom easily won the governorship in 2018 but has since watched his support take a plunge, primarily due to his heavy-handed approach to the covid-19 pandemic. California suffered through some of the strictest, most devastating lockdown measures in the country as homelessness, crime, and drug use ravaged the state. Newsom was also caught violating his own lockdown measures, as were San Francisco Mayor London Breed and other democratic lockdown hardliners across the country. Newsom and his supporters have attempted to frame the recall effort as being led by “Trump white nationalist”; however, Elder, a 69-year-old black man, does not fit that bill.

California voters will be asked two simple questions in the recall election: Should Governor Newsom be removed from office? If so, who should replace him? The second question will only matter if the majority answers yes to the first question. In June, Newsom changed a recall rule, allowing him to speed up the recall process. A California judge recently ruled that Newsom would not be able to put his Democratic party affiliation on the recall ballot. Democrat, Gray Davis is the only California governor to be removed from office. He was recalled in 2003 and replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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