[Ed. – This was being teased late last week during Larry Elder’s appearances on the Fox News evening shows. I don’t know that the dozens of entrants in the recall sweepstakes think they really have a chance — including Elder (who’d certainly be better than Newsom) — but the campaign should be an opportunity to broach a refreshing, new political narrative for California. If someone takes it. Maybe Elder will.]
Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder entered California’s Sept. 14 recall election on Monday, bringing a well-known voice on the political right to a muddled Republican field trying to oust first-term Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Elder, whose show is nationally syndicated, is a regular guest on Fox News. He’s dubbed the “sage from South Central” on his website, a reference to the area of Los Angeles where he grew up.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the 69-year-old attorney said he initially was reluctant to become a candidate in a state where Democrats hold a lopsided grip on power in Sacramento. Among supporters who encouraged him to run: fellow conservative radio host Dennis Prager.
Elder said he decided to enter his first campaign after witnessing California’s out-of-control homeless crisis, spiking crime rates, looming water and power shortages, and whipsaw coronavirus lockdowns.