Radio talk show host Larry Elder is running for California recall elections to oust Gavin Newsom.
Talk show host Larry Elder Monday announced that he’s running for governor in California’s recall election against first-term Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom. The Conservative radio host, 69, a regular guest on Fox News, is likely to file papers on Tuesday.
The talk show host’s entry into California’s recall elections has created a huge buzz on social media. Many supporters of Larry took to Twitter to express their thoughts over his decision to run for governor. “The man is *loved* in California,” a Republican supporter wrote on Larry Elder’s Twitter post for announcing his candidature for the recall elections.
“Best news of the day!” another user by the id @Lokitanna said. “You have my vote and my help good sir, California is ready!” one of Larry Elder’s fans tweeted. Some even claimed that Larry Elder is better than Caitlyn Jenner as a tweet read, “I Love this!! Way better than Jenner,” while another fan of the Radio host said, “Conservative voters will turn out for the recall if Larry Elder is on the ballot.”
In an interview with AP, Elder said he was initially reluctant to participate in the state’s election where Democrats hold a lopsided grip on power in Sacramento. However, he was encouraged to run in the recall election by his supporters, including his fellow conservative radio host Dennis Prager.
“I’m running for governor because the decline of California isn’t the fault of its people,” Elder stated in an official release. According to reports, Elder decided to enter his first election campaign after witnessing the state’s homeless crisis, increasing crime rates, looming water and power shortages, and the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic crisis.
“I’m a business owner, talk show host, author, and a son of California. I won’t continue to watch Gavin Newsom destroy our state. That’s why I am running for Governor of California in the recall election on September 14. Help me save this great state,” Elder tweeted.
Elder’s entry into the race brings more celebrity sparkle to a race that has lacked a clear front-runner and reorders a large GOP field including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, defeated by Newsom in 2018, state Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose and reality TV personality and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner.
“I think this is a race between Gavin Newsom and me. I don’t think about the other candidates,” Elder said, arguing that his name recognition, outsider status and communication skills separate him from the crowd.
Meanwhile, former San Francisco mayor and a first-term Democrat Gavin Newsom tasted landslide victory in the 2018 elections. Yet, his popularity started to tumble during the depths of the Coronavirus pandemic following school and business closures upending life for millions of people in the state leading to a recall drive.