Black Conservative Larry Elder Talks About His Run For California Governor
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl ruled on Wednesday that the Secretary of State’s requirement that candidates submit five years worth of tax returns doesn’t apply to recall elections, only to “direct primary elections.”
“We fought the shenanigans of Sacramento’s politicians and we won,” said Elder, who announced his candidacy on July 12.
Prior to the setback and lawsuit, Elder spoke to The Sacramento OBSERVER in front of the State Capitol July 15, outlining the reason he’s running and his vision for California post-COVID and post-Newsom.
“The arrogance of Gavin Newsom was crystalized by the way he handled this pandemic,” said the Republican hopeful.
“This man has presided over the most severe coronavirus lockdown in all 50 states. People lost their jobs, people lost their livelihoods, meanwhile his own private business kept open and his own kids remained in in-person private schools,” he continued.
Many have maintained that the recall election is a waste of time and taxpayer money.
“This is a state of emergency,” Elder said.
“This is a perfect storm — crime, homelessness, declining school standards, the rising price of homes and the way this guy has shut down the economy, causing thousands of people to lose their small businesses. This is an intervention.”
Elder says as a rule, he’s not in favor of recalls or impeachments.
“But when someone has become so outrageous, sometimes something has to be done.”
He’s taken an “If not you, who and if not now, when?” approach.
“When Barack Obama ran, people thought he was insane,” he shared. “Hillary (Clinton) was the favorite; she had all the money and even the (Congressional) Black Caucus was in favor of her, so the idea that if something seems to be implausible, then you don’t do it? Uh, Uh. That’s not how I roll.”
Elder isn’t the only African American looking to replace Newsom. Chauncey “Slim” Killens, a Donald Trump supporter from Southern California who attended the Jan. 6 rallies in D.C. before the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol building, made the list of 41 and vows to “Make California Great Again.” Other candidates include former Republican Senator Ted Gaines, former Republican Congressman Doug Ose, former Olympian-turned reality TV personality Caitlyn Jenner.
Elder says he doesn’t pay much attention to the pool of candidates.
“The target is Newsom,” he said. “If he isn’t recalled, it doesn’t matter. I intend to be the person that you write down or you check off for who you want as a replacement when you recall this guy. He’s going.”