Known as ‘The Sage from South Central,” Salem Radio Network’s, Larry Elder officially entered California’s Sept. 14 recall election against Governor Gavin Newsom.
According to Sacramento’s KCRA:
The 69-year-old attorney said he initially was reluctant to become a candidate in a state where Democrats hold a lopsided grip on power in Sacramento. Among supporters who encouraged him to run: fellow conservative radio host and infamous misogynist Dennis Prager.
Elder said he decided to enter his first campaign after witnessing California’s out-of-control homeless crisis, spiking crime rates, looming water and power shortages, and whipsaw coronavirus lockdowns.
“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, referring to Newsom’s ability to raise unlimited funds. But he said he was driven by a “fire in the belly to see if I can do something … to move the needle in the right direction.”
Elder is one of not many Black people that belong to a party whose policies disproportionately affect people of color, including voter suppression laws several red states have enacted and their reluctance to address police brutality. While the nation is in the midst of a historic reckoning on racism, Republican leaders continue to consist of “almost entirely white people, particularly men, who cater to an overwhelmingly white base. And despite fierce criticism from civil rights leaders and growing concern from business leaders who are traditional allies, many Republicans see no problem.”
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.”