Conservative radio host Larry Elder officially kicked off his recall challenge to California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday, announcing “We’ve got a state to save” and adding a nationally known name into the race to replace the embattled politician.
“People are fed up,” the 69-year-old attorney told Fox News in an afternoon phone call. “2.2 million people signed this petition, which meant a lot of Democrats and a lot of independents who voted for this man changed their minds.”
Newsom first won the election in 2018 in a landslide. But since then, devastating wildfires, rolling power outages, a pandemic and a surge in violent crime have left voters soured.
Conservative radio host and attorney Larry Elder signs paperwork to get on the Sept. 14 recall ballot at the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office Tuesday. (Elder for Governor)
CALIFORNIA GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM RECALL VOTE SET FOR SEPT. 14
Elder, a South Central Los Angeles native, criticized Newsom as out of touch with the needs and desires of Californians.
Meanwhile, the governor has blamed the recall effort on White nationalists and supporters of former President Donald Trump.
“Gavin Newsom is trying to characterize this race as a race against himself and a bunch of Trump-supporting White nationalists,” Elder said. “Now you’ve seen me on TV…do I look like a White nationalist?”
Newsom has come under fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, especially business shutdowns and school reopenings, as well as concerns about shortages of water and electricity. He even had to declare a state of emergency during an extreme heat wave last month just so residents could use their own generators to power their air conditioners due to state laws.
Newsom also drew the ire of many critics after he was photographed with a group of high-level medical lobbyists at a tony restaurant, seemingly flouting his own COVID-19 safety protocols.
Critics, Elder included, are underwhelmed by his efforts on education, unemployment and the economy and say California is lagging in those areas.
“We’re basically paying people not to work, and business people are complaining about that,” Elder said. “He’s not listening.”
And last month, a bombshell NPR report revealed the governor had taken about $150 million out of the state’s forest management program even as the threat of wildfires was blowing up.
“I began looking at the arrogance of this man, how he put down these harsh coronavirus mandates, the most harsh in the entire country – while his own kids were still enjoying in school a private education,” he told Fox News in an afternoon phone call. “He was at that French Laundry [restaurant] with the very people that wrote and drafted the mandates that both of them were violating by not socially distancing, by not wearing masks, which
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