Larry Elder Is Going To Run For Governor of California
Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder just shook up California’s Sept. 14 recall election by officially throwing his hat in the ring to replace Gavin Newsom. Elder said he had to step up and enter the race even though he was reluctant to do so after watching in horror as California’s out-of-control homeless crisis worsens, crime rates spike, coming water and power shortages seem inevitable, and pandemic lockdowns hurt small business.
“I have common sense. I have good judgment. I’m born and raised here. I think I understand the state,” he said. “I know it’s a long shot,” he added but he has a “fire in the belly to see if I can do something to move the needle in the right direction.”
“I think this is a race between Gavin Newsom and me. I don’t think about the other candidates.” Elder issued a press release announcing the move that said:
“Larry Elder—the Sage from South Central—is a nationally syndicated radio host and newspaper columnist, bestselling author, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and one of the best-known media figures in America today. His flagship daily radio program, “The Larry Elder Show,” is heard every weekday in all 50 states, on more than 300 stations.
“Elder’s unique style, personal background, and professional experience combine to inspire, inform, and persuade his listeners, readers, and viewers to embrace the timeless American principles of personal responsibility and public accountability. “The question is not which party has my back, but which party can get government off our backs—so that we might all realize our God-given capabilities,” says Elder.
“I’m running for Governor because the decline of California isn’t the fault of its people.”
“Elder was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles—and his family’s story represents every bit of the American Dream. His father was born in Athens, Georgia, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and moved to California and opened his own restaurant—Elder’s Snack Bar.
“Elder’s mother, originally from Huntsville, Alabama, was a clerical worker for the U.S. Department of War (now the U.S. Department of Defense) and raised three boys as a stay-at-home mom.
“Elder has a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law.
From The AP:
The governor’s standing also suffered from a multibillion-dollar fraud scandal at the state unemployment agency and fallout after being discovered dining out with friends and lobbyists at an exclusive restaurant last fall, while telling residents to stay home for safety.
Republican candidates have depicted Newsom as an incompetent fop whose bungled leadership inflicted unnecessary financial pain during the pandemic. Democrats have sought to frame the contest as driven by far-right extremists and Trump supporters.
More recently, a reopened economy amid falling coronavirus case numbers helped Newsom regain his footing, but large numbers of voters aren’t paying attention to the race. Democrats worry about the possibility of a weak turnout on their side.
Elder’s biography on the website for his radio show calls him “unafraid to take on liberals and the Black Lives Matter movement.” He calls for “returning to the bedrock Constitutional principles of limited government and maximum personal responsibility.”
During the interview, he talked of working his way through a disadvantaged high school in a historically Black neighborhood to get to Brown University, then law school. When he was bused for a semester to another district in Los Angeles, he was stunned by the difference in teaching and parental involvement.
When he told his mother about the difference in the schools, she cried and told him: “If your father and I had enough money, we could have put you in a better school, but we couldn’t.” He is an advocate for school choice programs.