His last column began like this: Question my sanity, but I’m considering running in this election to recall California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Well, it seems controversial talk radio host Larry Elder didn’t have to think too long. This week, he announced his decision to enter the state’s September 14 recall election.
Entry into the race for Elder—dubbed the “Sage from South Central”—did not come without a measure of reluctance, before giving way to an encouraging group of supporters that included fellow conservative radio host, Dennis Prager and concern that several critical issues were spiraling out of control.
“My top issues are rising crime, the rising cost of housing; homelessness; Gavin Newsom’s dictatorial and anti-science coronavirus lockdown; and the poor quality of many urban public schools, K through 12,” Elder told L.A. Focus.
“Nearly 75% of black kids in California cannot read at the state level of proficiency. This is outrageous,” Elder continued “A sound high school education is the first step towards the middle class and beyond. Urban parents, black and brown, want choice in public education. But the teachers union, supposedly there for the children, adamantly opposes school choice.”
Elder, who graduated from Crenshaw High, says that what’s happened there illustrates the problem.
“There was a front page article in the LA Times a couple of years ago that said only 3% of kids at Crenshaw can do math grade level. This is beyond unacceptable.”
Elder will join a field of more than 26 Republicans and 16 Democrats vying to replace Newsom, including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, but is unconcerned by the competition.
“This is a race between Gavin Newsom and me,” says the L.A. native of the race that has yet to yield a clear front runner.
What Elder brings to the race as a best-selling author, nationally syndicated talk show host and regular guest on Fox News is a high-profile voice on the conservative right who understands the complexities of California politics and is audacious enough to believe he can bring solutions to its most critical issues.
On September 14,2021, voters will get to decide if indeed he can.