Larry Elder admits he thought 'hell NO' when he was first approached about running for Governor of California

LARRY Elder admitted he thought "hell no" when he was first approached about running for Governor of California

The radio legend revealed his initial thoughts on running for governor of The Golden State shortly after announcing his run for California governor.



Speaking to Sean Hannity and Fox News contributor Leo Terrell on Tuesday, Elder said: "I'm as shocked as you guys are. I was first approached to do this several months ago… and I said: 'Hell no. This place is ungovernable."

During his appearance on Hannity, Elder continued: "We have rising crime, rising homelessness, cost of living.

"The more I looked at it, the more I saw how arrogantly this governor has handled the pandemic, imposing the most strict coronavirus lockdown in any of the 50 states while violating them at that French restaurant with the very people that set down the mandates while his own kids still enjoyed in-school, private education."

Elder— a 69-year-old Los Angeles native who is the host of his own show, The Larry Elder Show — was then praised by Leo as the "best candidate" for the job.

Leo said: "Gavin Newsom needs to be recalled. Larry Elder is the best candidate to replace Gavin Newsom.

"It’s not even close, hands down on the issues of homelessness, education, school choice."

Earlier in the day, Elder shared an adorable 16-second video of himself praying with a young supporter.

Elder, an American conservative talk radio host who has been on-air since 1993, is seen bending down towards a child saying a prayer.

The child, wearing a stylish hat and sandals, is seen saying something to Elder with a hand over the heart of the show host.

Following the prayer, someone is heard saying "Amen" and another: "Thank you sir."

A handful of people stood around the young child and Elder as the prayer took place on what appeared to be a very sunny day.

However, it is hard to hear exactly what the child is saying as there is a lot of background noise.

Alongside the footage shared to social media, Elder wrote: "ElectElder.com #RecallGavinNewsom #WeveGotAStateToSave."

Just a few hours before the heartwarming moment was captured, Elder tweeted: "Just signed papers at LA County registrar in Norwalk.

"I’m officially a candidate for governor in the recall election on Sept. 14. http://ElectElder.com #ElectElder."

In a follow-up tweet, he wrote: "Newsom and the radicals around him are ruining a state that was a beacon of hope and prosperity, admired for its public schools, its dynamic economy, and an unmatched quality of life. California will be that state again. Step 1: get Newsom out."

On Monday, July 12, 2021, Elder announced that he has entered California's recall election scheduled for September 14, 2021.

"I think this is a race between Gavin Newsom and me. I don’t think about the other candidates," he told AP News.

Elder argues that his name recognition and popularity will set him apart from the other candidates.

He also revealed that he entered his first political campaign after seeing California’s out-of-control homeless crisis, spiking crime rates, looming water and power shortages, and coronavirus lockdowns.

A recall election is "held for the purpose of allowing the voters of a jurisdiction to decide whether an elected official shall be removed from office."

This election is one of six efforts to try and remove Governor Newsom from office.

The upcoming election will be the fourth gubernatorial recall election ever held in the United States.

"I have common sense. I have good judgment. I’m born and raised here. I think I understand the state," Elder continued.

The radio legend revealed his initial thoughts on running for governor of The Golden State shortly after announcing his run for California governor.


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