Conservative radio host Larry Elder told Fox News on Wednesday that California Gavin Newsom and his Democratic ally are “scared to death” after a judge overthrew the state’s attempt to block seniors’ names from appearing in the ballot in an upcoming recall election.
State election officials initially prevented Elder, a Republican candidate seeking to replace Newsom, from being on the ballot for allegedly submitting incomplete tax information. Elder maintained that he was filing all necessary paperwork and accused election officials of not giving a clear reason for his dismissal.
Supreme Court Justice Laurie M. Earl ruled that the elder’s application met state requirements and paved the way for him to formally participate in the race. Elder welcomed the judge’s decision, arguing that officials’ election officials challenged his bid because he represents the biggest threat to Newsom’s chances.
“I think Larry Elder was targeted by Gavin Newsom to keep me out of the vote because I think I’m the only one he’s afraid of,” Elder said in an interview with Fox News. “I know a lot of politicians say something like that, but in my case, it’s random.”
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Elders join a field of dozens of state candidates that includes several prominent Republicans, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner. In total, more than 40 candidates will vote.
The judge ruled that Weber’s claim that elders were subject to a 2019 state law requiring candidates in a “direct primary election” to file a tax return was inaccurate. The forthcoming election is considered a special competition rather than a direct primary election.
The California Secretary of State did not immediately return a request for comment on the judge’s decision.
A prominent radio host and syndicated columnist, Elder said he would take immediate steps to curb rising crime, promote school choice, tackle rising living costs and a homelessness crisis in the state.
By crime, Elder said he supports the repeal of Proposition 47, which lowers sanctions for drug and theft-related offenses, and that he would urge police to return to what he described as “proactive” law enforcement techniques.
Elders said he believes Newsom exhibited a “lack of common sense” in his handling of the coronavirus pandemic that will ultimately get state residents to vote him out of office.
“He ignored science,” Elder said. “The CDC said during the pandemic at some point that children can go back to school with precautions, and he allowed the teachers’ union, which he is fully committed to, to force him to keep those schools closed.”
Newsom’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
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In a separate case, a judge rejected Faulconer’s push to be referred to as “retired San Diego mayor” on the ballot.
Weber’s office blocked Faulconer’s preferred designation, citing a regulation that prevents the use of the word “retired” except in the case of “voluntary retirement from public office.” Faulconer served as mayor from 2014 to 2020, when he left office due to time constraints.
A total of 43 candidates will take part in the voting for the recall election, which will take place on 14 September.