Larry Elder sues Calif Sec State to put him on ballot; says law disqualifying him was made to hurt Trump

California Democrats engaging in “face-ism” are trying to block Larry Elder from the state’s recall ballot for a purported minor paperwork snafu in a 300-page document dump under a law that originally targeted President Donald Trump, the high-profile, high-energy talk show host says.

Elder is suing the secretary of state to prevent his disqualification from the September 14 contest. “We’ve complied with everything the secretary of state has required of us. 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,” Elder explained in a statement.

The election code statute in question, which requires a candidate to release five years of tax returns, was previously tossed out by a unanimous California Supreme Court but was left in place for gubernatorial elections.

“The idea was to force Donald Trump to hand over his tax returns if he wanted to qualify for the 2020 presidential ballot. This was before, of course, his tax returns were stolen and publicly disclosed. So, it was all designed to get Trump,” Elder told Fox News.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Shirley Weber sent Elder a form letter that claimed that Elder failed to qualify because “Incomplete redacted and/or unredacted income tax returns were filed,” without any specificity. Weber is due to release the official list of candidates today, so it appears likely that Elder’s case will (or should) receive an expedited hearing.

Elder claims that the ruling from Weber’s office is tantamount to voter suppression.

Elder’s 26-page lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court also points out, among other things, that the law in question applies to primary elections and thus it is unclear if it even applies to a recall.

The legal filing also notes that Democrat Gov. Newsom does not have to submit any tax documents and that some other candidates haven’t as yet submitted the required materials. This raises potential unconstitutional equal protection violations, the lawsuit indicates. Elder also claims that the secretary of state has a legal duty to correct any redacting errors.

In an interview with Tucker Carlson on the Fox News Channel, Elder expressed confidence that he would ultimately prevail in court and outlined the issues in play in the once Golden State where the quality of life has rapidly deteriorated under one-party Democrat rule.

“Out of the 300 pages of five years of tax returns that we turned in, I didn’t redact something that should have been redacted or redacted something that shouldn’t have been reacted. I’m not quite sure what it is. All I know is there is provision that allows the secretary of state to correct any minor discrepancy, and she elected not to do it,” Elder insisted.

Elder then half-jokingly asserted that the liberal political establishment is culpable in “face-ism” rather than racism.

“It’s Larry Elder because they know that I’m the guy who can take [Newsom] down…I’ve been talking about these issues for some 30 years. I’m on in every major radio market in California. I have higher name recognition than any of the other candidates other than Caitlyn Jenner.

“People know me. I’m from the hood. I’m from the inner city. I can talk firsthand about the declining quality of schools. I can talk firsthand about why we have rising crime, why we have rising homelessness, why the cost of living has gotten so outrageous that for the first time in our state’s history, people are leaving California and going to places like Texas and Tennessee and Florida,” he added. “It is outrageous.”

He also lamented the failing public school system in the state and expressed support for school choice.


(Video: Fox News)

The recall ballot, in a Democrat-controlled state where ballot harvesting is legal, will feature two parts. The first part asks voters to vote yes or no on ousting Newsom from office. Only if more than 50 percent say yes does the second part of the ballot, on which voters select his replacement, becomes relevant.

Forty-one candidates have reportedly qualified for that part of the ballot (Elder’s candidacy would make it 42), so the candidate with the most votes, no matter how fragmented the overall totals, would become governor, again only if the voters first decide to remove Newsom.

The Newsom recall effort gained tremendous traction with a broad cross-section of the state population after the lockdown-loving governor was caught violating his own stay-at-home rules by partying maskless with lobbyists at an upscale eatery in northern California. Newsom is one of many Democrats around the country who were seen flouting their own restrictive guidelines.

“I am waging a legal battle to run as the candidate for Californians who are tired of the partisanship and entrenched interests of Sacramento. I fully expect to be on the final certified list of candidates,” the libertarian-leaning conservative Elder declared.


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