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Conservative radio host Larry Elder came up short in his bid to become the new governor of California as Gov. Gavin Newsom survived the recall effort with a landslide victory.
“Let’s be gracious in defeat,” he said at the = rally for volunteers in Orange County. “We may have lost the battle but we are going to win the war.”
Part of that, he said, is making Gov. Newsom pay attention to the issues Elder said are plaguing the state of California.
“We are forcing (Newsom) now to pay attention to the problems of homelessness… forcing him to do a better job on clearing our forest… forcing him to pay attention to things that should have paid attention to two years ago,” he said.
“The reason started this campaign is because this man, Governor Gavin Newsom, was sitting up there at the French Laundry restaurant, with lobbyists who contributed to his campaign, with the people who drafted the mandates that they were violating, by not wearing masks, by not engaging in social distancing while telling you to do it. Meanwhile, his own kids were enjoying in-person private education,” the candidate said.
“Crime up 41% in LA, and I’m talking about shootings, homicides. Under this governor, 20,000 convicted felons were released early. What could possibly go wrong?” he said.
He also discussed the wildfire issue California is dealing with and blamed Gov. Newsom for not cleaning the forest.
“We have five seasons in California now. The fifth one is fire. Because of the poor forest management. Outgoing governor Jerry Brown had a plan to clear 500,000 acres of fallen trees, dead trees, and dry vegetation.
“Our governor claimed that he cleared 90,000 acres, which would have been a drop in the bucket, if it were true, but it wasn’t. According to the LA Times, he only cleared 13% of what he said he would, which meant he exaggerated by a factor of seven,” he said.
The radio host cited Israel’s use of desalination to solve its water issues as a blueprint for what California should do to solve its drought issue.
“There is a desert nation in the Middle East. It’s called Israel. Because of desalination, they are now water self-sufficient. They got a little body of water next to them called the Mediterranean. We have a little body of water next to us called the Pacific Ocean.
“We can’t figure this out? Rolling brownouts, are you kidding me? Rolling brownouts, because we’re forcing our utility companies to invest tens of millions of dollars into weather dependent, unreliable sources of energy called wind and solar, a war on oil and gas. It almost takes an act of Congress to get a permit to drill an oil well, or to drill for natural gas,” he said.
The New York Times reported.
Larry Elder, a conservative talk radio host, led 46 challengers hoping to become the next governor, but Californians strongly affirmed their support for Mr. Newsom in a special election that cost the state an estimated $276 million.
The Associated Press called the race for Mr. Newsom, who had won in a 62 percent landslide in 2018, less than an hour after the polls closed on Tuesday. About 65 percent of the nearly nine million ballots counted by 1 a.m. Pacific time said the governor should stay in office.
“It appears that we are enjoying an overwhelmingly ‘no’ vote tonight here in the state of California, but ‘no’ is not the only thing that was expressed tonight,” Gov. Newsom said.
“We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic. We said yes to people’s right to vote without fear of fake fraud and voter suppression. We said yes to women’s fundamental constitutional right to decide for herself what she does with her body, her faith, her future. We said yes to diversity,” he said.
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