Larry Elder Sues Over Calif. GOP Gubernatorial Ballot Snub


SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. — He’s known to some as America’s “truth detector,” and in April celebrated five years as the host of a syndicated Talk radio show distributed by Salem Media Group‘s SRN.

For Angelinos, Larry Elder‘s a well-known conservative voice, having spent two decades at KABC-AM 790.

Last week, Elder revealed that he seeks to become a Republican candidate for California governor. He is not on the preliminary list of 41 candidates, however. Sacramento has a reason. Elder isn’t buying it, and has sued California’s office of the secretary of state.

In Elder’s view, he is the victim of “shenanigans” orchestrated by California Democrats intent on keeping Gavin Newsom as Governor, with a victory against some declared candidates as Caitlyn Jenner in a recall election scheduled for September 14.

In a statement released late Monday, Pacific Time, “the Sage from South Central” said he’d submitted over 300 pages of tax returns required to become a candidate. As the secretary of state sees it, Elder filed incomplete information on those returns connected to redaction issues.

That’s bogus, Elder claims. As such, he wants the courts to force Secretary of State Shirley Weber to list him as a candidate on the final certified list.

“We’ve complied with everything the secretary of state has required of us,” Elder said. “The politicians in Sacramento know I’m the only candidate who can beat Gavin Newsom. They are afraid, and they are using whatever shenanigans they can to try to trip me up. It won’t work. Frankly, this action by the secretary of state is not simply unfair and absurd but a dangerous and unconstitutional precedent.”

Elder is perhaps one of the more prominent Republicans that could challenge Newsom in September.

— RBR+TVBR West Coast Bureau, with editing by Adam R Jacobson