Elder Aims Squarely at The Latino Vote in Defeating Newsom

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Tina Samepay

California residents gathered over 1,400,000 signatures to hold a special election September 4, where voters will get to decide if our current Governor Gavin Newsom should remain in office.

Polls estimate that at least 50% of the Latino community support California’s recall for Governor and Republican frontrunner Larry Elder is focused on swaying their votes.

Elder was endorsed during a press conference this morning moderated by Gloria Romero, who served as the former California Democratic Majority Leader, and former California Lieutenant Governor Abel O. Maldonado.

Priority was given to Journalists covering Latino communities during the Q&A part of the conference.

“The reason I am getting in this race is because California is hurting. For the first time you are seeing a mass migration out of California, the middle class is leaving and the #1 reason they cite is the price of a house,” Elder detailed during the press conference.

Elder, 69, is a Republican talk-show host who has been running a fierce campaign against Newsom, fueled in part by the Governor’s COVID-19 mandates and forced business closures.

The recall effort against Newsom picked up steam during the pandemic, with California experiencing some of the strictest mandates to curb the increase in Coronavirus cases.

“A third of our small businesses are gone forever. Many of those businesses were owned by Black and Brown people–the same people that the left prides themselves on caring about,” Elder said.

Elder went on to describe a decline in California public school education systems, as well as high taxes and business regulations, which in turn is causing businesses to leave California. Elder says that school choice is important especially for Black and Brown youth who are receiving subpar educational resources in public schools.

Many Black politicians in Los Angeles specifically, are telling the people of their District to vote No on the recall and to support Newsom.

Elder reiterated during the conference that although he was vaccinated due to his age, he does not support vaccine mandates. He shunned Gavin Newsom’s decisions to close to the state, while leaving his own winery open.

“Gavin was sitting up there at the French Laundry Restaurant with the same people that passed those mandates, while they were not wearing masks and not engaging in social distancing,” Elder said.

While parents of children in California were denied in-person learning, Elder says that Newsom’s children were attending private school. Elder mentioned that homelessness is of major concern to him, but failed to provide context on his plans to address the crisis during the zoom conference.

As the hour-long press conference wound down, Elder thanked Romero and Maldonado for “crossing party lines” in support of him.

Romero characterized their support of him as part of a clarion call to the Democratic Party.

“This is about sending a message that the Democratic Party has largely abandoned Latinos,” Romero said. “We’ve been taken for granted.”



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